High court denies Lipsey appeal

Published 2:00 pm Friday, December 14, 2007

VIDALIA — After more than a month of legal wrangling, the often divisive saga of the Concordia Parish sheriff’s election came to a quiet end Friday.

In a news release, the Louisiana Supreme Court announced without comment that it had denied to hear the writ filed by Glenn Lipsey’s legal team after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Sharon Marchman’s decision to dismiss Lipsey’s election contest.

By this point, Lipsey said he had not expected to hear anything in his favor.

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“There are some laws that need to change, and a lot of it doesn’t make sense, but we’ve been through the appeals process and that’s all there is to it,” he said.

The decision takes away any ambiguity about incumbent Sheriff Randy Maxwell being the winner of the election.

“I am greatly relieved this court process is over,” Maxwell said. “It’s finally over and I want to emphasize that it’s time for this community to heal. The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office serves every single citizen and always has — we are committed to that.”

The case did not have merit, Maxwell said, “which is why the Supreme Court decided not to consider it.”

Lipsey initially filed the contest after losing the Oct. 20 primary to Maxwell by 21 votes, and during the course of the trial the difference was whittled down to 12.

Maintaining that still more votes were improperly cast, Lipsey’s legal team was denied the opportunity to contest more votes on the grounds that by law votes have to be contested before or on the day of the election.

Lipsey’s legal team had pre-filed 16 contests.

Friday, Lipsey said he and his wife Jennifer appreciated the support they had received from the community, whether through phone calls or other help.

“We just can’t thank everybody enough,” he said.

As for whether he has any plans for another campaign, Lipsey wouldn’t commit to anything just yet.

“That’s too far in the future to speculate,” he said.