- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

GRETNA, La. (AP) - An appellate court has upheld the disqualification of a former state senator from running for a House seat.

The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1KxHyFL ) reports Derrick Shepherd was barred from running for the 87th House District because of a law prohibiting felons from running. Shepherd served 37 months in prison for money laundering, the newspaper reports.

Officials say the law requires a felon to receive a pardon or wait 15 years after completing a sentence to run for election.

District Attorney Paul Connick sued Shepherd last week, arguing he was ineligible to run, the paper reports.

Shepherd’s attorney says the law is unconstitutional, but a judge agreed with Connick, disqualifying Shepherd from election. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the disqualification, but says it cannot rule on the constitutionality of the law.


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

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