Former DeSoto DA’s Law License Suspended

Former DeSoto DA Richard Johnson suspended from practicing law

By Vickie Welborn

The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended former DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Z. Johnson Jr. from practicing law.

The order issued Friday is on an interim basis but effective immediately. The court also ordered disciplinary proceedings, which is expected to result in disbarment.

Johnson, 58, of Mansfield, in August admitted to lying on his 2011 tax return. He pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false federal income tax return. U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. will sentence him on Feb. 17.

Johnson was a one-term D.A. He was defeated in a re-election bid last year.

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