KATC reported late Thursday afternoon that St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor is challenging the candidacy of Vanessa Anseman.
Anseman was admitted to the bar on October 10, 2003, which would appear to make her qualified to seek the appeals court seat. However, she was first certified ineligible to practice law by the Louisiana State Bar Association on May 31, 2013 — nine years and 233 days after she was admitted to practice law. According to the LSBA, Anseman was not fully reinstated to practice law until Jan. 13 of this year.
The primary question is whether that period of ineligibility will count against her 10 years.
The IND's Mike Stagg was the first to report on the question of Anseman’s qualifications. Read that story here.
One of Anseman's challengers, Susan Theall, sent a letter to 15th Judicial District Attorney Keith Stutes last week requesting that he challenge Anseman's qualifications. Stutes has not responded to several phone calls seeking comment on the issue.
Anseman, Perret and Theall are candidates in the March 25 special election to fill the unexpired term of Justice Jimmy Genovese, who was elected to the state Supreme Court last year. Genovese's former Division B seat covers Acadia, Allen, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes; all three women live in Lafayette.