St. Landry

Jun 28, 2013 4:42 PM by Ian Auzenne

Richard granted suspensive appeal; holds on to school board seat

The St. Landry Parish School Board member who was ruled ineligible to hold office will hold on to his seat pending his appeal.

District Judge James Doherty granted Quincy Richard a suspensive appeal this morning after Richard filed his intent to appeal to the Third Circuit Court. Richard must pay a $1,500 bond for the appeal to take effect.

On June 11, Doherty ousted Richard from his seat after he ruled Richard was ineligible to hold office because of a prior felony conviction. Richard pleaded guilty in 2004 to a charge stemming from a grade-buying scandal at Southern University. His recorded was expunged in 2006.

Four years later, Richard ran for and won the District 10 school board seat--a seat he held prior to his conviction

However, the state constitution requires convicted felons to wait 15 years from the end of their sentence to run for office. Doherty ruled that despite the fact Richard's record was wiped clean, he still had to sit out 15 years before running.

KATC reached out to both Richard and his attorney, Quincy Richard, Jr. As of publication, neither has returned our phone calls.

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