- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SHEVEPORT, La. (AP) - Eight of the 11 judges in state district court in Caddo Parish have excused themselves from presiding over a lawsuit attorney John Settle has filed against Judge James Stewart earlier this week.

All of the judges said their impartiality might be questioned because of personal or professional relationships with Stewart.

The Times reports (https://bit.ly/1HZBmSq) Settle filed a lawsuit against Stewart, a Second Circuit Court of Appeal judge, to get the court to determine if Stewart finished out his last days on the bench while actively seeking the Caddo district attorney office. Stewart’s retirement is effective Sept. 6

Stewart announced his candidacy Aug. 13.

According to court documents, Stewart announced his retirement to the court effective Sept. 6. Settle, however, argues Stewart cannot be on the state’s payroll as a judge while actively campaigning.


Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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