Judge indicted, accused of lying to get elected
NEW ORLEANS - A grand jury returned an indictment today against Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, whom investigators accused of lying about where she lived in order to get elected.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said King is charged with filing or maintaining false public records, as well as an election code violation for supplying false documents to an election official.
King, who was sworn in last year as a juvenile court judge, claimed in her election filing that she lived at an Orleans Parish address in order to run for the vacant juvenile court seat. Prosecutors claimed she actually lived in St. Tammany Parish, where she owned a home and has been claiming a homestead exemption since 2007.
The attorney general's office stepped in to prosecute the case after Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro recused his office.
King is scheduled to appear in Orleans Parish District Court Monday for a bond hearing. An arraignment date hasn't been scheduled yet.