Age limit on La. officials on hold indefinitely
BATON ROUGE- A state judge has indefinitely blocked enforcement of a new Louisiana law that sought to force incumbent constables and justices of the peace who are 70 or older into retirement.
District Judge Tim Kelley of Baton Rouge replaced a temporary restraining order he issued Aug. 18 with a preliminary injunction, saying the Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constables Association demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of a lawsuit the group filed against the state.
Association attorney Domoine Rutledge argued at a Friday hearing that the new law unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of age. He notes there are no age restrictions for sheriffs or chiefs of police.
William Bryan, an attorney for the state, did not object to Kelley granting a preliminary injunction.
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