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Convicted former lawmaker challenged on new political push

Derrick Shepherd qualifies for October primary. (FOX 8 Photo) Derrick Shepherd qualifies for October primary. (FOX 8 Photo)
METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick has filed a lawsuit challenging Derrick Shepherd's candidacy for the Louisiana House. 

The former state senator was convicted on money laundering charges and served 37 months in prison. Last Thursday, Shepherd asked the voters for forgiveness as he qualified for the state House seat.

He says his campaign will offer "hope to many citizens who have made a mistake that they too can receive a second chance in life."
 
Connick wants Shepherd disqualified from the October primary. 

Although aware of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting convicted felons from running for office, Shepherd said Thursday that several attorneys believe its enactment was unconstitutional.

Shepherd served in the state senate from 2005-2008, when he pleaded in federal court to conspiring with an unlicensed bond broker to launder $141,000 in proceeds from the sale of bogus bonds.

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