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Questions about donations made by attorney to voucher judge

2 years ago November 29, 2012 Nov 29, 2012 Thursday, November 29 2012 Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:52:24 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kristy Davis

BATON ROUGE- Jimmy Faircloth, an attorney defending the state voucher program in court, has made campaign donations to the judge presiding over the trial.

Faircloth donated $1,000 to Judge Tim Kelley's campaign for State Supreme Court. Kelley didn't get enough votes to make it to the runoff.

The donation was made in October, well after Kelley was assigned the voucher case. But, there is nothing illegal about it. Nor, does it violate any state ethics rules.

Faircloth told WBRZ News 2 Investigates he attended a fundraiser and that Kelley "would have been a good choice."

Reached by phone, Judge Kelley said he saw nothing wrong with the donation.

Those who filed the lawsuit against the state and the voucher program said they felt the issue should be discussed between the three parties involved and said nothing more.

Kelley is expected to make a decision on the constitutionality of vouchers sometime Friday.



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