A suspended Pointe Coupee Parish justice of the peace was removed from office Tuesday by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Stacie Pourciau Myers failed to pay a $1,500 civil penalty that the Supreme Court imposed on her in 2012 for violating financial reporting requirements, the high court said. She also totally disregarded the legal proceedings that followed, the court stated.
“A judicial officer who refuses to abide by the law and refuses to comply with a court order is not worthy of holding the title of judge and sitting in judgment of others,” Justice John Weimer wrote for the court. “A judgment issued by a judicial officer who refuses to respect the law or an order of a court will not be respected.”
Weimer noted that Myers was given many chances to avoid being removed from office.
“However, she has failed to provide an explanation for her recalcitrance to consider in mitigation,” he wrote, noting that Myers made a “conscious, purposeful choice” not to claim mail that she knew came from the Louisiana Judiciary Commission.
Myers could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Myers, whose current term was set to expire at the end of 2020, cannot qualify as a candidate for judicial office for five years and until certified by the Supreme Court as eligible to do so. She also was ordered by the high court to pay $288 to the Judiciary Commission for its investigation and prosecution costs.
Myers was previously sanctioned other times by the Supreme Court for failing to comply with the laws governing financial reporting related to the office she held, the court noted.
She was suspended from office without pay for 12 months in October 2014 for failing to file sworn annual financial statements with the state legislative auditor. Six months could have been deferred if she had filed the delinquent financial statements within a three-month window allowed by the high court, but she failed to do so.
Pointe Coupee has 12 justices of the peace. Myers, who has been a justice of the peace since Dec. 31, 2002, was in District 4.