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Bad Drivers Should Thank the Bad Shepherd 

  If you like the Louisiana law that keeps traffic camera violations from going on your driving record, you have a little more time to thank the author of the legislation before he goes to federal prison. The sentencing date of former state Sen. Derrick Shepherd, D-Marrero, has been delayed again, according to his attorneys. Shepherd pleaded guilty in fall 2008 to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. An FBI agent testified in 2007 that Shepherd helped twice-convicted felon Gwendolyn Joseph Moyo launder almost $141,000 in fraudulently obtained bond fees in exchange for half the loot. A political juggernaut on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish before his precipitous downfall, Shepherd initially refused to resign his Senate seat after his indictment. He stayed on to become the legislative author of a 2008 act that prohibits evidence from traffic camera violations from showing up on driving records. Shepherd was perhaps best known for his failed "baggy pants" legislation. He also authored legislation establishing Louisiana's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. — Johnson

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