A federal judge recently refused to reverse a lower court’s decision to dismiss a case brought by a Louisiana Supreme Court justice who accused four of his colleagues of allegedly violating his civil rights.
Supreme Court Justice Jefferson Hughes III filed a lawsuit in 2015 against Chief Justice Bernette Johnson and associate justices John Wiemer, Marcus Clark and Greg Guidry. They recused him from Bundrick v. Anadarko Petroleum and Walton v. Exxon Mobil because contributions to his re-election campaign were indirectly tied to the plaintiffs’ attorney. He claimed their actions violated the First and 14th Amendments, but U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance barred the suit because the justices were protected by the 11th Amendment, according to the court’s April 4 decision. Hughes requested the dismissal be amended, but Vance did not overturn her decision.