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Opelousas mayor's attorney requests signatures on failed recall petition

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Another elected official in Acadiana will stand trial later this year.

Opelousas mayor, Reggie Tatum has been indicted on 15 counts, including felony theft, forgery and malfeasance charges.

Like Lafayette City-Marshal Brian Pope, Tatum was also the target of a failed recall petition. And another similarity, Tatum's attorney wants to see the signatures on the failed-recall effort.

In a similar way to the Pope case, organizers of the recall effort against Mayor Tatum no longer have the signatures.

New information from a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's office says that those failed petitions are public records and should've been preserved for at least 3 years.

"I don't have them. Now, if you want to go to the landfill you can go dig them up," said Paul Gennuso, the vice-chairman of the petition.

He says that he threw them away months after the petition failed

"The guy didn't know what he was doing and he wasn't doing what he should've done," said Gennuso.

Tatum's lawyer, Frank Olivier, filed motions requesting a list of the names and addresses of the people who signed the recall petition. Gennuso and recall chairman Derrick Comeaux said they won't be able to hand over that information.

Comeaux told KATC that during a recent move, he lost the documents but is still trying to search boxes to see if he uncovers them.

"As far as the signatures that I gathered," said Gennuso, "when I went to clean my jeep it was just messing away and had been expired. The recall had been expired maybe 8 months."

A pre-trial hearing in Tatum's case is set for March 28, 2018. If the case moves to trial, jury selection could begin as early as May.

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