Lafayette-City Marshal Brian Pope has 30 more days to get his evidence in order to support a change of venue in his upcoming trial.
Pope is facing two counts of perjury and five counts of malfeasance.
In today’s hearing, Pope’s attorneys re-enforced their motion for a change of venue.
They also asked for the indictments to be tried in separate trials, plus to have the allegation of denying a public records request for emails suppressed or withheld.
District Court Judge David Smith set a new date to for the change of venue motion. It’s now March 26.
Brian Pope’s attorneys wanted more time to review the evidence they’ve collected to support to their venue request.
Pope’s attorney and representatives of the ‘Recall Brian Pope petition’ met in court in anticipation of a change of venue hearing.
First up — Pope’s attorney wanted to know why the petition signatures were disposed of. He said it’s state law for the first signature to become public record.
The chairperson testified the petitions were disposed of in fear of retaliation against those who signed it.
Steven Wilkerson helped in the petition drive.
“As I stated in the courtroom, we spoke with the clerk of courts and under her advice, she said it wouldn’t be a matter of public record her people wouldn’t have to work and count the signatures unless we turn them in,” Wilkerson explained
Wilkerson was said to arrested on a 20-year-old bench warrant ironically on the day the recall petition fell short of reaching its signature goal.
He adds that the district attorney dismissed the warrant because it’s been expired for 18 years.
He says he doesn’t support the trial being moved out of Lafayette.
“I feel that every criminal who has wronged the community deserves to be held accountable in the community that they wronged,” he said.
To further support their change of venue request — Brian Pope’s attorney by way of court order — requested coverage of the case from local media outlets.
The request for a change of venue has been moved to March 26. The trial date moved to April 23.