Lafayette City Marshall Brian Pope Sentenced to Seven Days in Jail For Contempt of Court
Lafayette City Marshall Brian Pope has been sentenced to seven days in jail after a judge found him guilty of contempt in a public records lawsuit.
The judge sentenced Pope to 30 days, with all but seven suspended, and the option to spend those seven days on house arrest. He will remain on unsupervised probation until 2021.
Pope will have to report on Monday.
In addition, Pope will have to pay close to $100,000 in penalties, attorney fees and court costs. The judge also ordered Pope to perform 173 hours of instruction on public records law, referring to the amount of days that passed before he responded to The Independent's two public records request.
Emails show Pope trying to link now-Sheriff Mark Garber to illegal immigration, and how Pope coordinated a news conference to attack Garber with Scott Police Chief Chad Leger's campaign for sheriff.