Mayor’s Clock Strikes Midnight… Pay Up!


by Yocamet Shu

Time to Pay!
Time to Pay!

Monday was the Mayor’s deadline to file for supervisory writs from the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. On Tuesday, Cynthia Keith and the Dog Park Alliance filed a writ for contempt and to enforce the provisions of the District Court judgment, which were to have been complied with by the Mayor on June 21st or the Mayor was to appear in court and do what was asked be done.

law_says_PAYThis matter came before the Court on May 16, 2013. the court issues a judgment and signed on May 30, 2013, granting the Keith a Writ of Mandamus, “ordering and commanding… Mayor Cedric B. Glover to file written verification in the record that he has enforced the tenets of Resolution 133 (sign for the Red River Waterway Commission “Gift” of $280,000 to build the Dog Park) of 2012, by Friday, June 21, 2013, at 2pm, or in default thereof to appear before this Honorable Court, June 26, 2013 at 9 a.m. to show cause why Respondent should not be held in contempt.”

The mayor has not properly complied. Therefore… “costs of the proceedings were assessed against the Office of the Mayor of the City of Shreveport.”

And, even after an additional extension was granted to the mayor, he still failed to comply. So, when…”no further stay of execution was sought or obtained, nor is any in effect since July 8, 2013.” and, “ Respondent has not complied with any of the provisions of the judgment, including but not limited to those pertaining to payment of costs by the Office of the Mayor.”Pay-Uncle-Sam

Keith was “required to obtain the services of an attorney at law to obtain this relief, and to the extent provided by law, Respondent should be cast with costs and reasonable attorneys fees. WHEREFORE, Petitioner prays that a Rule Nisi issue directing and commanding Respondent Cedric B. Glover, as duly elected Mayor of the City of Shreveport, to appear and show cause, if any he has, why the judgment of this Court making the Writ of Mandamus peremptory should not be executed and why the Respondent should not be held in contempt for his failure to comply with said judgment, including but not limited to the payment of costs in this matter.”

Just like the Wicked Witch!
Melts like the Wicked Witch!

The essence of this document is that the mayor and his attorneys have not played by the rules to allow the mayor another “Get out of Jail card.” The writ demands that the court require the mayor to pay all fees and be held in contempt of court and execute all required documents to allow construction to begin. The mayor has spent three years worth of maintenance of the dog park in legal fees, and the bill to citizens just keeps growing. The hope of citizens rests in a judicial ruling to require the mayor cease this expensive charade foist upon the public.

Actual Petition of Keith July 23