- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The sentencing of a former judge accused of filing falsified campaign documents has been postponed after the death of one of her sisters.

Yolanda King’s sentencing has been postponed to January, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1NKPV5P). The sentencing date has not been set.

King was convicted last month of submitting a fraudulent address to qualify in her run for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court bench in 2013. She faces up to five years in prison and currently remains free on a $5,000 bond.

Retired Judge Michael Kirby was appointed by the state supreme court to handle King’s case after all 12 Orleans Parish criminal court judges recused themselves.

Jurors concluded King had falsely claimed a New Orleans address and actually lived in St. Tammany Parish when she registered for a March 2013 election. She also competed in a runoff two months later.

The state Constitution requires judicial candidates to have maintained their residence in the parish they seek to serve for at least 12 months prior to the election.

“Although she may have been a very good person, and even may have been a very good judge, she violated the law,” prosecutor Sonceree Smith Clark told jurors.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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