St. Landry

Feb 18, 2014 11:17 AM by AP

Former school board member wants to remain free

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Former St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard Sr. wants to push back the March 4 deadline he faces to report to federal prison for a 33-month sentence on bribery charges.

The Advocate reports Richard filed court motions over the weekend requesting that U.S. District Judge Richard Haik allow him to remain free pending an appeal of his conviction and the sentence the judge handed down on Feb. 4.

Richard's attorney states in court filings that the former board member is not a flight risk, poses no danger to the community and will present a "substantive case" to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The question of whether Richard should be allowed to remain free pending appeal was briefly discussed at his sentencing hearing earlier this month, and Haik told Richard's attorney - his son, Quincy Richard Jr. - that he had no plans to grant a reprieve.

"That's not going to happen," the judge said.

A federal grand jury indicted Richard and former board member John Miller in 2012 for soliciting bribes of $5,000 each from superintendent candidate Joseph Cassimere in return for their vote of support giving him the job.

It took a 12-member jury about an hour to return a unanimous guilty verdict against Richard after a two-day trial in August.

Miller already had pleaded guilty in the case and took the stand against Richard in a trial where jurors saw a videotape secretly recorded by the FBI showing the two board members pocketing cash-stuffed envelopes at an Opelousas restaurant.

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