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Derrick Shepherd attorneys to file restraining order against Jeff Parish DA

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JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Attorneys for convicted former state senator Derrick Shepherd will file a restraining order Thursday in Baton Rouge against the Jefferson Parish district attorney, who is challenging Shepherd's candidacy for the Louisiana House. 

If granted, the TRO will allow Shepherd to continue to challenge the constitutionality of the state law that prohibits convicted felons from running for office. Shepherd will file papers tomorrow seeking to have the constitutional issue heard in Jefferson Parish by Judge Steve Enright.  

 Shepherd was convicted on money laundering charges and served 37 months in prison. On Sept. 3, 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."
 
District Attorney Paul Connick filed a lawsuit seeking to have Shepherd disqualified from the October primary. 

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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