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Judges selected to serve remainder of suspension

Published 12:11am Tuesday, June 18, 2013

VIDALIA — The Louisiana Supreme Court selected three retired judges last week to serve during the remainder of Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Leo Boothe’s one-year suspension.

Retired 37th Judicial District Judge Ronald Lewellyan, from Columbia, finishes his two-day term, which began Monday, today.

Retired judge and Ferriday resident Glenn Gremillion will fill in from June 19 until Aug. 15.

Gremillion previously worked for the seventh district before serving on the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He retired from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on June 6, 2008.

Though he just finished filling in for Boothe on Friday, retired fifth Judicial District Court Judge Glen Strong will serve again from Aug. 16 until March 15, 2014.

Louisiana Supreme Court spokesperson Valerie Willard said only retired judges could be chosen to fill in during suspensions.

Boothe’s suspension ends on March 16, 2014. His term ends on Dec. 31, 2014. Boothe said he plans to finish his term after his suspension ends.

The Judiciary Commission of Louisiana issued the suspension after alleging Boothe committed the following violations after granting a motion to reduce James Skipper’s 25-year jail sentence to 12 years with credit for time served:

• Having a reconsideration hearing without jurisdiction.

• Failing to recuse himself.

• Engaging in improper ex-parte communications.