Louisiana mayor ordered to resign in ticket fixing case

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A state judge has ordered Springfield, La Mayor Charles Martin to resign after pleading guilty to criminal mischief for his part in a ticket fixing scheme.

The plea deal will allow Martin to avoid jail time, though he must pay $550 in fines and fees, perform 32 hours of community service, and enter into two years of probation.

Judge Bruce Bennett gave Martin 90 days to put the town’s affairs in order Monday before he resigns. The Springfield Board of Aldermen must appoint an interim mayor and set a date for a special election

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