Ad Hoc Judge in Public Records Case Appointed by Supreme Court Justice with Monroe Ties

The Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court that appointed Ad Hoc Judge Anne Simon to oversee a lawsuit filed by Fourth Judicial (Ouachita, Morehouse Parishes) District Judges against The Ouachita Citizen newspaper has had an extensive judicial and law enforcement career in the Monroe area.

Justice Marcus Clark last March 24 appointed Simon to oversee the case.

See Here the order.

Clark served as a judge in the 4th JD from 1997 to 2009, before his election to the state’s highest court. From 1985 to 1996 he was an assistant District Attorney, working part of the time for incumbent 4th JD District Attorney Jerry Jones.

From 1978 to 1982, he was a deputy in the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO).

In 2004, Clark was disciplined by the Supreme Court for not deciding his cases in a timely manner.

The dispute began when Citizen reporter Johnny Gunter sought several documents concerning law clerk Allyson Campbell, in light of allegations that Campbell may have shredded court filings and delayed numerous writ applications. After being rebuffed for some of the the documents, Citizen Publisher Sam Hannah, Jr. filed a criminal complaint with DA Jones, demanding that he enforce the state’s public records law. The court retaliated against Hannah by suing the newspaper, claiming a privacy exception for the documents.

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