NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A candidate for an Orleans Parish criminal judgeship has been disqualified for failing to file tax returns.
Civil District Court Judge Paula Brown disqualified Marie C. Williams from candidacy in the race for the Section D judgeship in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.
Judy B. Dahl filed the petition objecting to Williams' candidacy.
According to court documents, Williams testified in the trial Tuesday that she had not filed taxes in 14 years. She said her ex-husband, Peter Brigandi, had been in charge of filing taxes for the household.
A representative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue testified at trial and confirmed there was no record of any tax returns filed by Williams for the past three years.
According to the court judgment, Williams called her ex-husband as her only witness. Brigandi said he didn't see why he would have filed taxes on Williams behalf after their divorce.
In her ruling, Judge Brown says in order to run the office, Williams was required to file federal and state income tax returns for the previous five years.
"As such, she is disqualified from candidacy for Judge, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section D," said Brown in her ruling.