MONROE – Attorneys representing 4th District Court law
clerk Allyson Campbell requested that the Louisiana Attorney General's Office drop
the lawsuit against her once it became clear that the plaintiff may have had
motives based on her dislike for Campbell.
The plaintiff, 4th Judicial Court Judge Sharon Marchman,
accused Campbell and eight others of violating her First and 14th
Amendment rights. Marchman argued that Campbell committed illegal acts and the others
tried to cover for her.
Marchman was seeking monetary damages, injunctive relief and
declaratory judgment. She also requested a trial by jury.
“Assistant Attorney General Brandon J. Fremin said in a
letter dated July 15 and addressed to 4th Judicial District Attorney Jerry
Jones that the state attorney general's office will not prosecute
Campbell, a law clerk for the 4th District Court,” a recent article from The News Star recently said.
Campbell’s attorneys also explained that any accusations are
a reflection of Marchman’s vindictiveness and dislike for Campbell.
"There was no criminal activity for plaintiff to expose
to the public," Campbell's attorneys said in The News Star. "There never was any
criminal activity. It should be obvious to the court now that the actions taken
by the plaintiff against Allyson Campbell (including the filing of the suit)
were clear and unadulterated harassment resulting from plaintiff’s dislike for
The attorneys also explained that the actions of the accused
defendants to resist harassment of Campbell are not now, and never were,
a conspiracy to retaliate and violate Marchman’s constitutional rights.
According to The News
Star article, Campbell had been accused of committing payroll fraud
and destroying or concealing court documents in three civil cases, including
the one instigated by Marchman.
“The accusations started in Palowsky v. Cork, a 2013 case,” the article said. “Stanley R.
Palowsky III sought the recusal of 4th Judicial Court Judges Wilson Rambo, Carl
Sharp and eventually the whole bench. According to court documents, Palowsky III
alleged that Rambo lacked fairness and impartiality and accused
him of causing undue delays, showing bias and prejudice against his attorneys,
showing clear favoritism to opposing counsel and improperly supervising
his law clerk, Campbell.”
Palowsky v. Campbell,
the second to be filed, was dismissed on Nov. 5, 2015. Court documents
filed April 1, showed the case was moved to the 2nd Circuit Court of
Appeal and oral arguments were set for Aug. 8.
“The Louisiana State Police and the Inspector General's
Office carried out an investigation into the complaints regarding payroll
fraud and document destruction,” the report said. “Louisiana Inspector General
Stephen B. Street Jr. said his office found no sufficient cause to arrest
Campbell, citing the report his office compiled with the Louisiana State
In the court document, Campbell claimed that Palowsky’s
allegations against her are false. She remains the focus of ongoing litigation
in state and federal courts, including the focus of a lawsuit pursued by Marchman
in U.S. District Court.
“Five judges at 4th Judicial District Court were also
named defendants in Palowsky’s July 2015 lawsuit. Palowsky accused the judges —
Rambo, Fred Amman, Carl Sharp, Stephens Winters, and court administrator Ben
Jones — of conspiring to cover up Campbell’s payroll fraud and document
destruction,” a July 27 article from The
Ouachita Citizen said. “Those same accusations became the subject of
Marchman’s federal lawsuit, since the judge claimed her constitutional rights
were violated when she tried to expose the conspiracy and criminal activity.”
Both Palowsky’s and Marchman’s lawsuits are still ongoing, but
Campbell asserts that the lawsuits against her and others will be resolved in
According to Campbell’s lawsuit, she claims Palowsky and his
attorneys sought to damage her personal and professional reputation by
spreading accusations against her in lengthy pleadings filed into the court
“If their actions were not conducted with malice, it was
with general negligence,” Campbell said.