- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has filed a petition to disqualify the district judge candidacy of New Iberia-based lawyer Carolyn Deal, who according to the state Constitution is unqualified because she has not been a practicing lawyer for eight years.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1rdbYR8 ) Deal, according to the Louisiana Bar Association, was admitted to the bar Oct. 29, 2007.

Through 16th Judicial District Attorney Phil Haney, the state filed the petition because it “was unaware of the defendant’s lack of qualifications for the judgeship” until this month, which is why it missed the deadline to pursue. Under the Louisiana Election Code, challenges against a candidate’s qualifications must be made a week after qualifying ends. This year, qualifying closed Aug. 22.

Deal has until Oct. 24 to provide reasons why she should not be disqualified.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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