DA rejects complaint against school board member

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Posted: Feb 18, 2011 3:34 PM by Russell Jones
Source: East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office

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BATON ROUGE - District attorneys have rejected a complaint that a school board member in East Baton Rouge Parish did not fully move back into the area he represents after its boundaries were redrawn.

Hillar Moore's office released an eight-page report today that said Al Walker, the person who made the complaint, didn't do enough to prove school board member Randy Lamana had not established habitual residence on property he bought last fall inside of District 11.

The district's boundaries were redrawn last year after the Central school system was created, and Lamana's home wound up in Central. To keep his seat Lamana had to move back into the district he represented before swearing the oath of office, which he did on Jan. 2.

Moore said in the report that Walker hired a private investigator who saw a silver pickup registered to Lamana several times at his previous residence in Hidden Creek in January 2011, and that Lamana waited to change his homestead exemption until Jan. 13, after he had sworn his oath.

However, Moore said the affidavit from the private investigator and the date of the homestead exemption change were not enough to meet the required burden of proof. He also said Lamana had made other changes to establish habitual residency, such as switching his driver's license and voter registration to the new address.

Moore also said Lamana told him that the pickup seen by the private investigators was driven by his wife, and she had been using it to care for her disabled father at their former residence.

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