NEW ORLEANS–The Louisiana Supreme Court recently banned Pointe Coupee Parish Justice of
the Peace Stacie Pourciau Myers from judicial office for the next half-decade
following multiple alleged failures to report financial communications and then
ignoring resulting sanctions.
served as a police juror for District 4, first neglected to remit a
court-ordered fine in 2012, when the state Supreme Court levied a $1,500 civil
penalty for violating financial reporting regulations, according to the court. Not only did she fail to
comply with standard procedures, the court said, but she also neglected to offer
any explanation when given several opportunities to make amends.
without pay for a one-year period beginning in October 2014 for the oversight, Myers allegedly made no effort to file the paperwork in question despite a three-month window
of opportunity during which she could have reduced her suspension and
ultimately saved her position.
officer who refuses to abide by the law and … refuses to comply with a court
order is not worthy of holding the title of judge and sitting in judgment of
others,” Justice John Weimer wrote in the court’s decision. “A judgment issued
by a judicial officer who refuses to respect the law or an order of a court
will not be respected.”
either “absent-minded or belligerent” by the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Myers allegedly made a conscious, deliberate choice by taking
no action when requested to claim mail received from the Louisiana Judiciary
The news came as a surprise to
staff members at the
Louisiana State Association of Justices of the Peace. Association President
Connie Moore pointed out that even as recently as two weeks ago, when the group
held its monthly conference call, the subject never came up.
district coordinator had not heard about it,” Moore said.
She noted, however, that such an ousting is not unusual in the state’s judicial system; even insiders
may not learn of the event right away, especially when the party in question is
from a different parish.
probably her legislative auditors’ report,” Moore said. “People get removed or
sanctioned for all kinds of reasons. For (someone) to be removed for not
filling out her financial statements has
happened, and not that long ago.”
in October 2015, John “Sassy”
Pourciau, another Pointe Coupee police juror, was disqualified from maintaining his District 2 seat on the Police
Jury after serving for 12 years because he allegedly failed to report that he owed more
than $5,000 worth of fines to the state’s Board of Ethics when it came time for
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled at that time that outstanding debts to the
ethics board had to be settled in order for candidates to be re-elected. The Board
of Ethics documented 15 claims that year against elected officials
who had committed the same oversight—ultimately resulting in 11
In opting to
disbar Myers, the court stated in its report that “the most severe sanction is
necessary” after careful consideration.
be no doubt that Respondent knew or should have known of the need to abide by
the order of this court requiring payment of the $1,500 penalty,” court documents
stated. “(Myers’) misconduct is so prejudicial to the administration of justice
that she cannot be allowed to remain on the bench. Any discipline less than
removal would undermine the judicial discipline process and diminish the
integrity of the judiciary.”
previously cited by the commission for the same infraction three times. Now
ineligible to hold judicial office for the next five years, she also has been
ordered to pay $288 to the Judiciary Commission for investigational costs
incurred. Originally slated to serve through 2020, if Myers desires to be
reinstated, it won’t be unless Louisiana’s highest court first gives her its
Coupee Parish Police Jury, based in New Roads, may not even bat an eyelash at
the loss—half of its 12-member body was replaced in January, marking the
parish’s largest change in 20 years.