Lafayette City Marshal Sentenced to Jail Time for Contempt

1:32 PM, Mar 31, 2016

Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope is sentenced to 7 days in jail, after a judge finds him guilty of contempt in a public records lawsuit.

According to The Advocate, the judge sentenced Pope to 30 days, with all but 7 suspended, and the option to spend those 7 days on house arrest.

Pope will have to report by Monday.

He will also have to pay $100,000 in penalties, attorney fees, and court costs.  The judge also ordered Pope to perform 173 hours of instruction on public records law, referring to the amount of days that passed before he responded to the news organization The Independent’s two public records requests.

Emails show Pope trying to link now-Sheriff Mark Garber to illegal immigration, and how Pope coordinated a news conference to attack Garber, with Scott Police Chief Chad Leger’s campaign for sheriff.

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