A 9:30 AM hearing will be held Monday, January 28, in Division B Judge Jimmy Teat’s Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson Parishes) District courtroom in Jonesboro to hear a motion by Town of Jonesboro attorney Doug Stokes asking that some of the town’s financial records be excluded from court examination. Stokes asserts that because those records pertain to the town’s property that can’t be attached, any such records should not have to be produced.
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The issue pertains to a $36 thousand judgement rendered in favor of the town’s former fire chief David Roberts, that said he was not properly terminated and is entitled to back pay.
In his memorandum, Stokes cites a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling – Hill v City of New Orleans – that notes “examination about property owned by the City of New Orleans is pointless because public property is exempt from seizure.”
Stokes wants items 1 through 22 in the Examination of Judgement Debtor motion to be excluded from examination.
It is notable that almost all the requested records are public documents, and as such are covered by Louisiana’s Public Records Law – LA RS 44:1.