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Derrick Shepherd appeal heads to Supreme Court

An appellate court upholds the disqualification of convicted former lawmaker Derrick Shepherd from the Oct. 24 ballot. (File Photo) An appellate court upholds the disqualification of convicted former lawmaker Derrick Shepherd from the Oct. 24 ballot. (File Photo)
JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

An appellate court upholds the disqualification of convicted former lawmaker Derrick Shepherd from the Oct. 24 ballot.

The state Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal agreed with Jefferson parish District Attorney Paul Connick, who argued that Shepherd is ineligible to run as a convicted felon.

The court declined to rule on the constitutionality of the law that bans felons from running.

Shepherd contends the constitutional amendment barring felons is invalid because the amendment approved by voters was different from the one passed by lawmakers.

In a separate case, a state judge in Baton Rouge ruled the amendment invalid. An appeal on that ruling is headed to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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