Four days after she was sworn in as judge of Orleans Juvenile Court, a judicial misconduct complaint filed Friday calls on the Louisiana Judiciary Commission to investigate Judge Yolanda King.
As Eyewitness Investigates has reported, King ran for judge in Orleans Parish at a time when she had a homestead exemption in St. Tammany Parish.
The Attorney General's Office is already investigating her, and now a new misconduct complaint could lead to a hearing about King's qualification to be judge and possible censure or removal from the bench.
Friday’s misconduct complaint alleges "King is in violation" of the cannons of judicial conduct for alleged "false statements" about her "qualifications."
“That code prohibits a candidate for judicial office from making any false statements of material fact about their qualifications or candidacy,” said Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino.
The St. Tammany Parish Assessor's Office has documents showing she has had a homestead exemption on a house on Chancer Lane in Slidell since 2007.
An opponent in the race for judge accused King of living outside of Orleans Parish during the campaign this past spring.
And documents Eyewitness News acquired reveal King contacted the St. Tammany Assessor's Office about that during the campaign.
On April 22, she asked to remove the homestead exemption on her Slidell house for 2013. Then on April 23, the 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. The tax bills for 2013 haven't gone out yet.
But the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office says King was ordered to pay an additional $1,128.08 for 2011 and an additional $1,120.73 for 2012.
As Eyewitness Investigates has reported, the homestead exemption for a New Orleans house that Judge King has claimed as her residence actually belongs to Grace King and Jimmie Bobb.
“It's a straight forward issue. Where did she live and when did she live there is the only issue,” Ciolino said.
King's attorney says he is out of town and unprepared to comment until he has a chance to examine the issues and allegations involved in all of this.