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Jury selection to begin tomorrow for Pope’s trial

Posted at 11:43 AM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2020-03-04 18:18:05-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — Jury selection is expected to begin tomorrow for the felony perjury and malfeasance trial of Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope.

Pope currently faces two indictments; the most recent coming just days ago and accusing him of misappropriating public funds. To read about that, click hereand here.

This morning, prosecutors and Pope’s defense attorneys are meeting in chamber with the judge to make decisions on the various motions filed by both sides in the case. To read about some of those, click here.

The current indictment two counts of perjury and five counts of malfeasance in office. This is the third trial date set in the case. To read about the details of each allegation, click here.

Pope also was found in contempt of court by the judge in the civil case that gave rise to the criminal charges; Pope was sued by The Independent newspaper after he allegedly failed to properly answer public records requests. The court found him in contempt for allegedly lying about his responses, and ordered him to perform community service.

To read the latest about that case, click here and here.