As a result, Pope’s trial, originally scheduled for May 8, was also continued — to Sept. 25.
Pope faces seven felony counts of perjury and malfeasance stemming from his long-running (and now concluded) public records battle with The IND. He was indicted by a Lafayette Parish Grand Jury last August. For each perjury count, Pope faces a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment at hard labor for up to five years, or both. He faces up to five years at hard labor and a $5,000 fine, or both, on the malfeasance charges.
Pope will appear before District Judge Jules Edwards on March 27 to explain why, nearly a year after Edwards ordered him to perform 173 hours of community service as a result of his earlier civil contempt of court charge, the marshal doesn't appear to have begun to fulfill the terms of that order.
Read more about that criminal contempt of court sentence here.
More about the widening criminal case against the marshal can be found here.