By: Allen Johnson?
When it rains, it pours especially on state Sen. Derrick Shepherd, D-Marrero. The Louisiana Board of Ethics has voted to hold public hearings on separate charges that Shepherd violated campaign finance laws by failing to report contributions, expenditures and other campaign activity in a timely manner for two of his campaigns. Shepherd could not be reached for comment at press time. He allegedly failed to file reports on time for his 2007 re-election campaign in Senate District 3 as well as supplemental reports related to his 2003 race in House District 87. Shepherd faces up to $2,000 in fines in each case. The ethics board also may impose up to $10,000 in additional fines. Shepherds campaign had $29,185 in cash on hand, according to his latest filing. The ethics hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 10 in Baton Rouge. Shepherd last week pleaded not guilty to federal money-laundering charges. A day earlier, his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary C Committee killed his signature bill to criminalize the wearing of saggy pants. In early April, Shepherd resigned as chair of the Senates Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs after his multi-count federal indictm