Plaquemines Judge Goes to Trial
BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - More than a year after he was indicted on charges of theft and malfeasance, former state judge William Roe goes to trial Tuesday on charges he pocketed money that should have been used to reimburse the Plaquemines Parish court for attending legal seminars.
Roe is accused of double-dipping on reimbursements for seminars he attended in Florida in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has denied the charges.
According to the indictment, Roe allegedly asked the state Supreme Court to cover $6,581 in expenses even though Plaquemines Parish courts paid for the trips.
The state Supreme Court suspended him in August 2008. He did not seek re-election after an April 2008 legislative audit implicated him in irregular spending practices at the Plaquemines Parish courthouse.