Lafayette city marshal attempting to block public records request – again

Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope, who lost a lawsuit against The Independent newspaper after fighting a request for copies of emails — emails that eventually led to multiple felony charges against Pope — has now filed a motion to block a News 15 records request.

News 15 filed a request with Lafayette Consolidated Government on Jan. 30 seeking records relevant to the arrest of the co-chair of the failed recall effort against Pope. Steve Wilkerson was arrested on Dec. 11, the day the recall effort was officially closed, on four bench warrants for bad checks that he allegedly wrote back in 1997.

News 15 requested all emails and mobile phone text messages sent in December between Pope and the deputy marshals who arrested Wilkerson, as well as all emails and mobile text messages to and from Pope on the dates of Dec. 11, 12 and 13.  

Pope’s complaint, filed electronically in U.S. District Court in Lafayette Saturday, claims that the Lafayette Consolidated Government does not have the right to release the information being requested. It also claims that release of the records on LCG’s domain would cause “irreparable harm” to the marshal’s office.

Pope is currently facing a criminal trial on seven felony counts, five of malfeasance in office and two of perjury.