Perkins had 24 hours from the time the order was signed by Caddo District Judge Brady O’Callaghan to file the intent to appeal with the Caddo Clerk of Court’s Office and did so Wednesday morning.
Although legally, the Clerk’s Office had three days to prepare transcripts of the district court’s proceeding. Caddo Clerk of Court Mike Spence said his office had the necessary documents prepared when Perkins filed the appeal and took them to the Second Circuit Wednesday afternoon.
According to Robin Jones, Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judicial Administrator/Clerk of Court, when the appeals court received the transcripts, it had 48 hours to schedule a hearing. Jones said that means the hearing will be held Friday afternoon.
After the hearing is held, the panel of judges who hear the appeal has only 24 hours to render a decision; however, Jones said, since the hearing will be held Friday afternoon, the decision will not be handed down until Monday morning.
If the Second Circuit Court of Appeals justices uphold the district court’s decision, Perkins can appeal it to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The ruling from Judge Brady O’Callaghan came early Tuesday afternoon, one day after a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Perkins’s candidacy. The suit was based on an alleged inaccurate residence address and voter registration on Perkins’ election-qualifying paperwork.
Louisiana law dictates that unless a candidate is in a nursing home, veterans’ home, or is running for the U. S. House or Senate, they must be registered to vote from the same address where they claim the homestead exemption.
The 65-page lawsuit claimed Perkins lives in a condominium on Marshall Street in downtown Shreveport and uses Louisiana’s homestead exemption for that residence, but was registered to vote using an address on Stratmore Circle. In his Notice of Candidacy filing on July 22, Perkins certified the Stratmore address in south Shreveport as his residence instead of the address of the condo where he claims his homestead exemption in downtown Shreveport.