What is the procedure to remove a 19th Judicial District Court judge?
We went to Robert Gunn, deputy judicial administrator of community relations for the Louisiana Supreme Court, for an answer. Here's what he says:
"The Louisiana Supreme Court has the authority to discipline a judge for ethical misconduct, up to and including removal from the bench. Allegations of judicial misconduct are investigated by the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, an entity created by the state constitution. The Judiciary Commission conducts inquiries and investigations into alleged violations of the ethical rules contained in Article 5, Section 25 of the Constitution or the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct to determine whether to recommend to the Supreme Court that a judge be publicly disciplined. Only the Supreme Court can impose public discipline, which may include public censure, suspension, or removal from the bench."
For more information on the judicial disciplinary process including a breakdown of each stage of that process, visit the judiciary commission explanation and the commission's overview explanation at the state Supreme Court's website, lasc.org, under the Louisiana Judicial Entities section.
Highland Road drainage
On rainy days, deep pools of water cover the entire westbound lane of Highland Road in several areas between Siegen Lane and Gardere Lane. Vehicles swerve into the other lane to avoid them or have to slow to nearly a stop to pass through. Are there any plans to add a ditch to the north right of way or to provide underground drainage to Bayou Fountain in these areas?
We checked in with Fred Raiford, the city-parish transportation and drainage director. Here's what he said:
"Thanks for bringing this to my attention. This section of Highland Road, which is now under the City-Parish jurisdiction, was transferred from the state Department of Transportation and Development.
"I am aware of a few areas where water holds on the roadway of Highland Road and we will see if lowering the shoulder of the roadway will help remove the water from the roadway. Our maintenance department will check the roadway to see about any other problems we may have."