Former state senator convicted of felony runs again

AP News
Posted: Sep 10, 2015 6:15 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana state senator who served a 37-month sentence for money laundering is asking to be forgiven — and re-elected.

Fox 8 WVUE-TV ( ) reports that Derrick Shepherd qualified Thursday for state representative, House District 87, a seat he previously held in 2003.

In a news release, Shepherd asked the voters for forgiveness and argued that his campaign will offer "hope to many citizens who have made a mistake that they too can receive a second chance in life."

Although aware of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting convicted felons from running for office, the news release said several attorneys believe its enactment was unconstitutional.

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Shepherd served in the state senate from 2005-2008, when he pleaded in federal court to conspiring with an unlicensed bond broker to launder $141,000 in proceeds from the sale of bogus bonds.


Information from: WVUE-TV,