Posted: Jun 11, 2013 6:20 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jun 11, 2013 7:33 PM
An embattled school board member in St. Landry Parish is officially off the job.
A judge ruled Tuesday morning Quincy Richard should be immediately removed from the board. Richard is a convicted felon who did not wait the required 15 years before running for public office.
In 2004, Richard pled guilty to buying a degree from Southern University. Most recently, he and fellow board member John Miller were indicted on federal bribery charges. They're accused of trying to sell their votes in the search for a new school superintendent.
Quincy Richard Senior had no comment after the judge's ruling so it's unclear if he'll appeal. His son, who served as his attorney says he has to agree with the decision and he respects the judge's opinion. He even congratulated the state.
District Attorney Earl Taylor says although the judge ruled in the state's favor, this case is far from over. Taylor believes Richard will appeal and may ask for the judge's order to be suspended during the appeal process meaning he could still serve on the board.
"I'm just not sure he is able to suspensionally appeal. If that's the case, he cannot appeal then he's certainly off the school board," said Taylor.
Even if Richard appeals, Taylor stands by his constitutional argument that Richard didn't receive a pardon from the governor and he didn't wait the required 15 years before running for public office.
"There can be no exception to the constitution, the Constitution is what it is. As a result, there were two exceptions and he met neither one of them. It was a position that he was not qualified to serve in office," said Taylor.
Board Attorney, Gerald Caswell tells KATC Quincy Richard's votes still stand, even his deciding vote for the new superintendent.