NEW ORLEANS — An Orleans Juvenile Court judge has been indicted for filing a false public record after the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office looked into a complaint about whether she lived in another parish in violation of qualifying rules for the elected position.
Judge Yolanda King faced allegations that she didn’t meet residency requirements during and after her 2013 election, a long-shot victory over well-financed opponent Doug Hammel.
Eyewitness News broke news of the investigation in June 2013.
In June 2013, Eyewitness News obtained documents indicating that King received a homestead exemption for a Slidell home on Chancer Lance from 2007-12.
At the time of the June story detailing questions about her residency, Eyewitness News also found St. Tammany Parish records showing that King had applied for a Road Home grant in 2007 for the Chancer Lane home.
King’s campaign documents have her listed as living in a New Orleans East house on Stillwater Drive. However, Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office records indicated a Grace King and Jimmie Bobb claimed a homestead exemption on the property from 2011-13.
The Louisiana Attorney General’s office released a statement in June 2013 confirming an investigation into King’s residency.
“Our office is in receipt of a complaint forwarded to us by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office,” the AG’s Criminal Division Director Kurt Wall said at the time. “That complaint is currently being reviewed to determine the appropriate course of action.”
Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino said the state’s code of judicial conduct prohibits candidates for judicial office from making any false statements of material fact about their qualifications or candidacy.
On April 22, 2013, King asked to remove the homestead exemption on her Slidell house for 2013. A day later, documents show she asked to remove the homestead exemption on her Slidell house for the years 2011 and 2012.
The tax commission removed those homestead exemptions in May 2013.