NEWORLEANS- Longtime New Orleans Traffic Court Judge Ronald Sholes is resigning from the seat he has held for 15 years, forcing a special election to be held for his seat in the fall, according to the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court's office.
Sholes' will leave the bench effective July 31. The resignation comes a year before he would have been up for re-election, and comes amid ongoing scrutiny into his court.
In 2007, a bribery and ticket-fixing scandal led to four convictions, including two clerks in Sholes' court. Angela Sholes, the judges' niece, and Angie Campbell pleaded guilty to federal theft charges. Two other people not assigned to Sholes' court, David Williams and Alfred Miller, also pleaded guilty in the case.
Sholes also was subject to scrutiny over cases in which he admitted intervening on behalf of violators. The 15-year veteran judge defended the practice, saying he was helping violators who had trouble getting access to the city attorney's office.
Sholes could not be reached for comment.
The primary for the Section D seat will be held Oct. 19, Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell said. If a runoff is needed, it will be held Nov. 16.