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Judge: Derrick Shepherd not qualified to run for legislature

(NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

A judge has ruled that Derrick Shepherd is not qualified to run for legislature.

Judge Stephen Enright ordered the clerk to remove Shepherd’s name from the ballot. However, Shepherd's attorneys appealed, meaning his name will remain on the ballot through the appeals process.

Shepherd, a convicted former state senator, appeared in court Friday to defend his run for office against a lawsuit filed by Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick.

Connick's suit challenges Shepherd's candidacy for a state house seat because of a constitutional ban on felons running.

Shepherd's attorneys filed a restraining order Thursday in Baton Rouge against the Jefferson Parish district attorney, who is challenging Shepherd's candidacy for the Louisiana House. 

However, on Tuesday a Baton Rouge judge set a hearing to rule on the validity of the state law. Shepherd and his attorney contend the 1997 constitutional amendment put before voters was not what the legislature passed. Shepherd's attorney anticipates the fight over whether his client can run for office will land before the State Supreme Court.

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."

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