Lipsey still waiting on court

Published 12:01 am Thursday, December 13, 2007

VIDALIA — For Glenn Lipsey’s appeal to the Supreme Court, it has become a waiting game.

The court has taken no action on the writ Lipsey’s lawyers filed to appeal the decision of the Third Circuit of Appeals to uphold Judge Sharon Marchman’s tossing of Lipsey’s election contest, an official in the Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s office said.

So for Lipsey, the only solution was to leave the political realm and head back into civilian life.

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“I’ve just been going to work, waiting to hear something,” he said.

And, because the court offers no timeline for when they will act, wait is all Lipsey can do.

“I don’t expect to hear anything, and they haven’t given us a time when they plan to tell us something,” he said.

If the court grants the writ, Lipsey’s legal team will still have to argue their case before a decision can be rendered.

If the high court denies the writ, then Lipsey’s case has hit the final wall, and he will have to pay approximately $50,000 in court costs for both the Seventh Judicial District Court and the appeals court proceedings he initiated.

The Lipsey legal saga began when he contested the results of the primary election for Concordia Parish sheriff in late October.

By the time the district court finished its proceedings, the narrow margin by which he lost was whittled down to a 12 vote difference.

But, because that would not have changed the ultimate course of the election, Marchman tossed the contest.

Lipsey’s legal team — which consisted of attorneys Andy Magoun, Brady King and Sheri Morris — wanted to contest more votes but were not allowed to because a vote has to be contested before or on the day of the election.

Magoun had pre-filed a contest to 16 votes, and of those nine were found to be improperly cast.

Lipsey’s legal team contends some of the votes they were not allowed to contest were in fact illegally cast.