By: Allen Johnson
The Louisiana Board of Ethics has dropped a $1,000 late free against state Supreme Court Associate Justice Jeff Victory for a tardy campaign finance disclosure report. Two surgeries earlier this year rendered the 62-year-old justice medically unable to file a supplemental report to his 2004 re-election campaign, the panel stated in an April 17 letter sent last week to Victory campaign treasurer Robert G. Pugh Jr., a Shreveport lawyer. The board granted Pughs request for a waiver at the regular public meeting on April 10 in Baton Rouge. The Justice did not appear, says Richard Sherburne, the newly appointed administrator of the ethics board. The boards 11-member Supervisory Committee for Campaign Finance includes four lawyers one more than required by a new state law. They are board chair Henry C. Hank Perret of Lafayette; vice chair John W. Greene of Covington, a retired judge; Clayton Davis of Lake Charles; and Michael T. Johnson of Pineville. Because of a family emergency, Johnson was absent from the meeting at which Victorys appeal was discussed, Sherburne said.