The Third Circuit Court of Appeal has overturned Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel's contempt of court charge.
The case stems from Durel's decision to remove three members of the board of the Lafayette Housing Authority in 2010, not once, but twice.
John Freeman was one of those three LHA board member's ousted by Durel the first after an audit, and the second after an alleged secret meeting. This ruling has Freeman concerned about what this means for government and it's use of power.
Freeman along with Joe Dennis and Leon Simmons were removed from the board twice between 2010 and 2011. The first was after a state audit showed the improper management and usage of thousands of dollars by the organization leading to the resignation of the top two in charge.
The second was after what Durel called a secret session violating open public meeting rules. Both removals were overruled in state court by Judge Ed Rubin who gave Durel the contempt charge.
The vote was 4 to 1 in favor of overturning it, which would have forced Durel to do eight hours of community service or 15 days in jail along with a $258 fine.
Freeman says he will look at his options moving forward. Meanwhile, we reached out to Durel for a comment on the ruling, but we have not heard back.
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