State Supreme Court won't review Lafourche Parish president's successful ethics case appeal



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THIBODAUX, Louisiana — The state Supreme Court said it won't review Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph's successful ethics case appeal.

The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/1uGDRSU ) the court unanimously denied the state ethics board's Sept. 19 request for a review last week.

"The case is now finished with the appellate review process," Randolph's Thibodaux-based attorney Jerald Block said.

In August, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal overturned a ruling by the state Ethics Adjudicatory Board that Randolph violated state ethics laws in 2010 when she leased her Grand Isle camp for $50,000 to BP cleanup crews following the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The ethics board ruled she was in violation of Louisiana law because the parish was in a contract with BP at the time of the rental.

Randolph argued that after learning of an ethics board ruling in an unrelated case, she terminated the rental agreement with BP and reported the agreement to the board.

Randolph was fined $5,000 and ordered to repay the $50,000 she received for rent.

Ethics Administrator Kathleen Allen said an ongoing relationship existed because the parish was required to maintain records of how and where that money was spent.

The relationship was only furthered as BP used parish resources in the company's oil spill cleanup efforts, Allen argued.

The ethics board decision boiled over to the Parish Council where Randolph critics called for the first multi-term parish president's resignation.

The appellate court ruled that the $1 million BP gave the parish for its workers to aid in the oil-spill cleanup was an irreversible, nonrefundable payment, not a contract, and was complete once the payment went through.


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