Court finds Painter in violation of restraining order
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge found former Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter in violation of his restraining order against Kelli Suire after Painter attended a funeral for Suire's aunt.
Painter was initially fined $500 for the infraction but the judge suspended that and placed him on 3 months probation instead.
The two hour hearing heard from Painter, Suire and Suire's stepfather and debating whether or not Painter's appearance was inappropiate.
Suire's stepdad took the stand and talked about his shock to see Painter at the funeral.
Suire later took the stand and further reiterated the disbelief.
"I'm angry, tired and scared. I want him to leave me alone. I could not go to my aunt's funeral because he showed up," said Suire.
Another topic covered during the hearing was an investigative report by the LA Inspector General which showed Painter ran a background check on a total of 1800 names in office. Of those, 1200 were done illegitimately.
Painter then took the stand and acknowledged the order against him.
In August, a District Judge filed the order against Painter, forbiding him to be within 1,000 feet of Suire and from contacting her family.