Hearing Thursday on Ouachita Court Coverup Case

A hearing on a motion to recuse the Judges of the Fourth Judicial (Morehouse, Ouachita Parishes) District Court from presiding in the civil case Palowski v Cork is set for 9:30 AM, Thursday, August 20, in Courtroom Seven of the Ouachita Parish Courthouse, according to the Civil Docket published on the court’s website.

The hearing is assigned to Division G Judge Carl V. Sharp.

Palowski has asked that all the judges in the district be barred from hearing the case, and has filed a lawsuit against the judges, accusing them of a coverup of misdeeds by Court Clerk Allyson Campbell.

Palowski has also sued Campbell, claiming that she interfered with his case by destroying and concealing documents.

Last March, The Ouachita Citizen filed a criminal complaint against the court, saying that public documents were being illegally withheld.

The court’s judges retaliated, and sued the newspaper. An Ad Hoc Judge ruled against the newspaper.

Last week, The Citizen’s Johnny Gunter wrote that Sharp had not yet recused himself, but that all the other judges had done so.

See here Gunter’s news story (subscription required).

In 2003, Sharp was suspended for sixty days by the Louisiana Supreme Court for failing to decide cases in a timely manner.

See here the opinion.

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