Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lousiana: Iberia Parish Sheriff recall proceeds

A great article in the Advocate by Lanie Ann Cook on the recall effort against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, which gives a detailed history on the recall in Louisiana. The article, which quotes me, notes that there have been 115 recall votes in Louisiana since the 1960s, and 72 officials have lost their seats. The only one in Iberia Parish took place in 1969 when a "Mrs. Roy LaBauve was kicked out as a Ward 9 juror.

Against Ackal, petitioners will need 16000 signatures.

Ackal is facing petitions over excessive force, in-custody deaths and the indictment of the sheriff, 2 employees and the conviction of nine deputies.

Ackal has also been accused of calling the federal prosecutor a "son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard" and threatening to shoot him "right between [his goddamned Jewish eyes" during a secret recording. The prosecutor is apparently was a DOJ special litigation counsel.

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