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Marshal Pope Granted Two Additional Years To Complete Community Service

Aug 29, 2018 12:11PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.

In 2016, Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope was ordered to serve 173 hours of community service as part of his conviction for failing to produce emails that had been sent from his government email account. This was in connection to a lawsuit filed against him by the now-defunct Independent Weekly.  

Earlier this year, Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Jules Edwards ordered Pope to spend 30 days in jail for not completing his community service hours by the ordered deadline. 

However, in early August, an appeals court ruled Pope should not have received jail time for failing to complete the judge’s orders, and today, Judge Jules Edwards apologized to Pope, saying he had treated this case as a civil one, instead of a criminal one, and therefore granted Pope two additional years to complete his community service requirements.