Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - Jefferson Parish voters who endured a bruising judicial campaign decided to send former prosecutor Scott Schlegel to the bench, as he defeated Hilary Landry in Saturday's election.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Schlegel earned 10,480 votes, or 67%, to Landry's 5,214, or 33 precent.
Schlegel will replace Judge Robert Murphy, who was elected to an appeals court post.
Landry went on the attack in the runoff, and was sanctioned for circulating a flyer with false information about Schlegel. Landry was found in violation of a part of the code governing judicial campaign ethics. The decision by the Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee found that Landry circulated false campaign fliers about Schlegel.
“Landry also expected to run first in the primary and she ran second and it wasn't that close. So, when you're second and you have a lot of money, you need to go on the attack and that's what she's doing,” WWL-TV political analyst Clancy DuBos said earlier in the week.
Schlegel was the leader in the primary, securing 36 percent of the vote to Landry’s 27 percent.
Landry has a family law practice and worked as a part-time prosecutor in Jefferson Parish's drug court. Schlegel was a full-time prosecutor until he resigned to run for judge.