Posted: Jul 23, 2013 9:10 AM by AP/CS
Updated: Jul 23, 2013 9:14 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has decided against appealing a judge's ruling barring the jury from calling an Oct. 19 election on the question of nullifying the parish's home-rule charter.
Voters approved the charter by a 337-vote margin Nov. 6, but key provisions of the document will not be implemented until a parish president is elected.
The jurors voted 4-3 on June 27 to call the repeal election.
State District Judge William G. Carmichael issued a preliminary injunction July 10 barring the election, ruling that the jury does not have the authority under state law to call a referendum-type election on a charter appeal.
The Advocate reports jurors huddled in private Monday with District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla and then voted 3-4 not to appeal the ruling.