Lolley “Retires” From LA 2nd Circuit

Judge Lolley to retire from Second Circuit
Three area judges, including Ellender, Marchman, planning campaigns for the appeal court

By Zach Parker May 2, 2017

Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Larry Lolley, who drew scrutiny last fall for ex-parte communications with a Monroe attorney, is expected to take early retirement from the court, according to the appeal court’s chief judge.

Second Circuit Chief Judge Henry Brown Jr. said Lolley would retire on Wednesday. “He is retiring, effective May 3,” Brown said.

Lolley drew controversial attention last fall when copies of Oct. 27, 2016 text messages between he and Monroe attorney Mark Neal surfaced. The text messages constituted an ex-parte communication – which Lolley initiated – about one of Neal’s cases before the appeal court, as first reported by The Ouachita Citizen in November 2016.

The state Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct forbids any ex-parte communications concerning substantive matters or the merits of a case.

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