Shawn Alford, a former Assistant District Attorney in the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District is back at work, at least for enough time to qualify for state retirement, according to Mark Rainwater’s 4/2/15 article in The (Farmerville, LA) Gazette.
The time of service needed to qualify for the retirement is five months, Rainwater wrote.
From the article:
“Shawn was an excellent assistant who needs just a short time of service to become eligible for retirement,” Belton said in remarks to the Farmerville Lions Club in February. “Her return to the staff, though, was contingent upon her resigning from the case she has against this office.”
Belton was referring to State v Griffin, 2nd Circuit Court decision that sets limitations regarding how district attorneys and sheriffs can collect payments for investigation and prosecution costs from persons convicted of DUI.
See here the court decision.
The costs assessed to Griffin included a $100 cost-of-prosecution amount payable to the District Attorney’s office and another $100 for cost of investigation, payable to the sheriff’s office.
In the appeal, Alford argued that the prosecution and investigation costs assessed were traditional government functions, and he could not legally be required to pay them. To further bolster this point, Alford pointed out that the costs were not itemized and were assessed to everyone who pled guilty, even on minor traffic offenses.
Going forward, attorney Chris Bowman will handle the case on behalf of Griffin.