The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has moved to recuse all eight judges of 21st Judicial District Court from hearing the case of Brenda Bickford, accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention District.
Bickford, who was District Attorney Scott Perrilloux’s administrative assistant, likely had close working relationships with employees of the 21st Judicial District, the motion argues.
The motion notes that the judges of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention District appoint two of the eight commissioners who govern the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention District.
Since Bickford served as the secretary of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention District, she was “to some extent” their employee and supervisee, the motion says.
District Attorney Perrilloux already been excused from the case, the motion states.
The 21st Judicial District comprises Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.
The motion was filed by Louisiana Assistant Attorneys General Butch Wilson, David Caldwell and Robert Abendroth in Division A of 21st Judicial District Court, where District Judge Wayne Ray Chutz presides.