Headed to high court?

Published 12:01 am Saturday, December 1, 2007

VIDALIA — Former sheriff candidate Glenn Lipsey said Friday he is undecided as to whether he will take his election contest to the Supreme Court.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles rejected Lipsey’s appeal to Judge Sharon Marchman’s decision to throw out his election contest Thursday, and he has 48 hours to decide if he will appeal that decision.

“Because the end of that 48 hours will fall on Saturday, that gives until Monday,” Lipsey said.

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One of the stipulations by the court for Lipsey losing the appeal is he has to pay all associated court costs.

Lipsey said he has already paid $19,000 in legal fees already.

“Most of that came out of my pocket, but people have donated to help out too,” he said.

Though he is unsure at this time, Lipsey said that by the time that all of the legal fees have been calculated, he thinks he will pay in the area of $50,000 to $60,000.

“The bad thing is we filed suit against the Secretary of State’s office, and not (Sheriff) Randy (Maxwell),” Lipsey said. “He sued as an intervener, and they (the court) hit me with his court costs as well.”

At both the trial and the appeals court, the judges hearing Lipsey’s contest ruled that he did not have the evidence to support many of his allegations, which included vote buying, intimidation and improperly cast votes.

Much of Lipsey’s case was thrown out on the grounds he did not perform due diligence by investigating and contesting votes before or during the election.

Lipsey lost the Oct. 20 primary to Maxwell by 21 votes, and at trial that difference was narrowed to 12.