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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Status conference held for La. justice's suit

  • A federal judge held a status conference Thursday to discuss a Louisiana Supreme Court justice's bid to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is entitled to become the court's next chief justice.


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  • A federal judge held a status conference Thursday to discuss a Louisiana Supreme Court justice's bid to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is entitled to become the court's next chief justice.
    U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan scheduled the meeting in her chambers at the request of attorneys for Justice Bernette Johnson. The meeting was closed to the public.
    James Williams, one of Johnson's lawyers, said attorneys for the other justices and for Gov. Bobby Jindal's office also attended the conference. Morgan didn't immediately issue any rulings following the meeting.
    "I do expect that the court will establish a briefing schedule that would give all parties an opportunity to weigh in on or give their perspective on the issues we have raised," Williams said.
    Johnson filed suit earlier this month after Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball set a July 31 deadline for the justices to weigh in with briefs on which colleague is the "oldest in point of service" under the terms of the Louisiana Constitution.
    Johnson and Justice Jeffrey Victory both stake claims to being the court's longest-serving justice and believe they should succeed Kimball, who retires next year.

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