Lafayette, La (KLFY) – Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope was booked into the Lafayette Parish jail Monday. He is convicted of contempt of court.
“We strenuously disagree with that, that’s why we are taking up our appeal.” – Pope’s lawyer
Pope is convicted of breaking the public records law.
He was booked into the jail and later bonded out on a $500 bond.
State district judge Jules Edwards ordered pope to one month in jail. That sentence has been shortened to seven days house arrest.
In an interview only with KLFY, Pope’s lawyer Kevin Stockstill says he is appealing the ruling.
“We are going to appeal that conviction and sentence. Under the code of criminal producer, we have the option to post bond so that we can suspend execution of the sentence pending the remainder of the appeal.”
The scandal started during the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s race. A local newspaper, The Independent, requested Pepe turnover e-mails sent between Scott Police Chief Chad Leger, Leger’s campaign staffer, and Pope.
Pope refused to turn over the emails.
Stockstill says through this appeal, he is confident Pope will regain his good name.
“We feel like once the court of appeals has looked at it that he will be vindicated and we can clear up his record.”
Even though Pope has been convicted, he will not be required to serve any jail time or house arrest through the appeal process.
Pope has been ordered to pay attorney fees and penalties, he will also have to perform more than 100 community service hours teaching government employees about public record law.