Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Carl Sharp

Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Carl Sharp

Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Carl Sharp is retiring from the bench in July, though his term does not expire until December 2020.

In an April 2 proclamation from Secretary of State’s office, Gov. John Bel Edwards called for a special election to be held for the vacancy at the court, in the Division G office. A special election is required when more than a year of a judge’s term remains unexpired at the time a judge leaves office.

The primary election is expected to be held Nov. 6. If candidates advance to a run-off, that election would be held Dec. 8.

Qualifying for the special election will be held Wednesday, July 18, through Friday, July 20.

The Ouachita Citizen reached out to Sharp for a comment, but he was unavailable by the time the newspaper went to press Tuesday night.

Sharp was elected to the court in 1993. He was most recently re-elected in November 2014. In Louisiana, district court judges serve six-year terms.

In 2003, the state Supreme Court suspended Sharp for 60 days because he failed to render judgments in five separate cases and failed to accurately report those cases to the Office of the Judicial Administrator as under advisement. Supreme Court records show Sharp was the subject of other complaints about delays in deciding cases as well.

Accusations that Sharp filed a false report with the Supreme Court about which of his cases remained under advisement surfaced again in January 2016. At that time, Monroe attorney Sedric Banks filed a copy of Sharp’s monthly Report of Cases Under Advisement form to the Supreme Court into the court record. Sharp’s form showed no cases under advisement for more than 30 days.

Sharp’s form was incorrect, Banks argued, because Sharp had not yet ruled on a nearly three-month-old motion to recuse him from Robert A. Lee and Sedric E. Banks v. Kailash Dhaliwal, Ph.D., Karl Dhaliwal and Sookham Dhaliwal.

Meanwhile, Banks also worked as an attorney for Monroe businessman Stanley Palowsky III and Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Sharon Marchman, both of whom filed separate lawsuits against district court judges, including Sharp. The allegations in Palowsky and Marchman’s lawsuit included the accusation that law clerk Allyson Campbell concealed 52 habeas corpus writs, or applications for post-conviction relief, in her office while she clerked for Sharp.

Some of the post-conviction relief applications and related filings had not been addressed in two to three years, court records show.

(6) comments

CS

Hopefully karma treats this scumbag Judge to what he deserves.

H

And the Judge was obviously paid off. Stadler’s family has a history of doing this.

H

Judge Sharp should be publicly humiliated for his ruling. I hope that Stadler & Stanley are tortured justly. Both are vile and the Louisiana justice system is a joke.

raje

I agree with the comment from JA- I think that the sentence or lack of sentencing is a horrible crime .The perpetrators need to go to jail and be punished. Maybe retirement for the judge isn't such a bad thing- Hopefully, someone with a soul will replace him

JA

Considering the ridiculously light sentencing upon Steven Sadler and video-maker Boots Stanley by this judge, and the available options Judge Sharp could have accessed, these two got off with literally a slap on the wrist. Their behavior is a sure sign of future additional extreme incidents of cruelty. Judge Clark's retirement says to me he is incapable and/or incapable of appropriately assessing punishment for this heinous crime.

SF

I agree with you 100%. I am outraged that they only got probation and not a prison term. I am thrilled this so-called judge retired. I hope he is replaced with a judge that is totally against animal abuse. It would be great if they could be tried again and given more than a slap on the wrist.

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