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City races clock in court seat elections

  // Tuesday, 19 August 2014 18:17 //

In a race against time, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration filed an emergency appeal Tuesday in its bid to abolish the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court seat held by indicted Judge Yolanda King.

Following a decision Monday by an East Baton Rouge Parish judge rejecting Landrieu’s request to keep King’s Section E seat off the ballot, the city petitioned the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal to reverse the ruling on the eve of the three-day candidate qualifying period that begins Wednesday.

Landrieu’s administration is scrambling to fully implement a law passed in June to reduce the number of judgeships in Juvenile Court from six to four. Landrieu pushed the law as a way to save the city money on a court that has seen a dramatic reduction in its caseload.

The law seems to target King’s seat under an amendment that says one of the seats would be eliminated in the case of a judge’s “disqualification from exercising any judicial function” pursuant to order of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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