Apr 11, 2013 1:55 PM by Tonya LaCoste
St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor is challenging St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard's qualifications for holding office. Taylor is asking the 27th Judicial District Court to remove Richard from office because he didn't wait 15 years after completing a felony sentence to run for the District 10 seat. State law requires a convicted felon wait 15 years after completing a felony sentence to run for public office. A governor's pardon would waive the 15-year wait, but Richard did not receive a governor's pardon. Taylor started investigating after someone filed a complaint with his office.
In 2004, Richard pleaded guilty to maintaining false public records in East Baton Rouge Parish and ran for office six years later. Richard and his wife were involved in the Southern University grade-buying scandal, pleading guilty to paying a Southern University official $1,500 for a master's degree and to filing false public records. At the time, Richard was already a St. Landry Parish School Board member and was forced to resign.
Richard is facing more legal trouble, as he was recently indicted on bribery charges. He and fellow school board member John Miller are accused of trying to sell their votes to Interim Superintendent Joseph Cassimere. They have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial on August 19.
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