Jul 23, 2013 10:10 AM by AP/CS

W. Feliciana won't appeal charter election ruling

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.


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