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LA Supreme Court To Rule On Shreveport Mayor's Request For Candidacy Reinstatement

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REQUESTS FOR REINSTATEMENT- Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and his attorneys had their day in court yesterday as seven judges from the Louisiana Supreme Court heard arguments during a hearing that is likely to be Perkins’ last opportunity to be reinstated into the 2022 elections. Perkins was disqualified from the 2022 elections earlier this month by Judge Brady O’Callaghan of the First Judicial District Court for failing to list his homestead exemption address on his candidacy filing documents which is required by law.

Perkin’s Attorney Scott Bickford argued that state law doesn't specifically call for disqualification for making what he called an honest mistake. “Does that disqualify me, does a typographical error disqualify me? Bickford asked?

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Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins (D) is seeking reinstatement as a candidate for mayor in the upcoming November 8th election.

But Jerry Harper, attorney for the plaintiff who filed the lawsuit said Perkins should not be reinstated because he was only tasked with answering a few questions.

“There are 10 questions candidates have to answer under oath and accurately. This candidate answered six of them incorrectly,” Harper said.

The judges gave no timeline for when a decision may be handed down. The Louisiana Supreme Court usually delivers a decision in six weeks which would be well before the November 8th election day.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.