NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana attorney general is looking into whether newly elected New Orleans Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King actually lives in the city.
King officially took the bench just last week.
Her longshot victory over well financed opponents shocked the city's political establishment.
But, during and since her campaign, she's been dogged by accusations that she did not meet the residency requirements to run for judge in Orleans Parish.
Eyewitness News obtained documents indicating that Judge King received a homestead exemption on a house on Chancer Lane in Slidell in St. Tammany Parish from 2007 to 2012.
When asked who lives across the street, one neighbor said, "Miss Yolanda King (for) at least seven years since we've been here."
St. Tammany Parish records also show that Yolanda King applied for a Road Home grant in 2007 for the home on Chancer Lane.
At the time, she attested to the fact that this was her primary domicile. In her recent campaign documents, King claimed she lived in a house on Stillwater Drive in New Orleans East.
But, records at the Orleans Parish Assessor's office indicate her sister Grace King and Jimmie Bobb claimed a homestead exemption on the property from 2011 to 2013.
Back on Chancer Lane, the neighbor says it was odd to hear she lives across the street from a New Orleans judge.
The neighbor answered "yes" when asked if Judge King stays at the house at night and leaves in the morning.
Thursday afternoon, the Louisiana Attorney General's office released a statement confirming an investigation into King's residency.
Criminal Division Director Kurt Wall wrote, "Our office is in receipt of a complaint forwarded to us by the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office. That complaint is currently being reviewed to determine the appropriate course of action."
"If she falsely stated on her candidacy forms that she was domiciled in Orleans Parish, when in fact that's not the case, that could lead to serious disciplinary consequences before the judiciary commission," said Loyola University Law professor Dane Ciolino.
Louisiana's Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits candidates for judicial office from making any false statements of material fact about their qualifications or candidacy.
"Ultimately the Supreme Court could on the low end censure her or on the onerous end remove her from office," Ciolino said.
Ciolino says the Attorney General's investigation should be straightforward.
"Where did she live and when did she live there?" Ciolino said. "Given the public records about where she was filing her homestead exemptions, what neighbors may say about her presence at both residences will really be determinative. It's not a complicated investigation."
Judge King did not return our phone calls in time for this report.
During the campaign she addressed the residency issue, admitting that she owns the house in Slidell, but her sister lives there.
She also stated that she now lives with her other sister in eastern New Orleans.