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Officials Appeal Fines


  The Louisiana Board of Ethics this week will hear appeals of fines assessed against a number of campaigns for late disclosure of financial reports — including several local incumbents. State Rep. Reed S. Henderson of Chalmette, who represents a portion of New Orleans, is seeking a waiver of a $2,000 fine for a report filed 69 days late after his 2007 election; Orleans Parish School Board member Cynthia Cade is appealing $1,200 in fines for reports filed 107 days late (each time) from her successful campaigns in 2004 and 2008. The Board also will rehear appeals from incumbent Juvenile Court Judges David Bell and Mark Doherty ($1,000 each) and Judge Wilson Fields of the 19th Judicial District Court at Baton Rouge ($2,000). John T. Lavarine III is seeking relief from the $600 late fee from a failed 2006 run for an at-large Kenner City Council seat. Douglas McGinity, an unsuccessful candidate for Orleans Parish Civil District Court in 2007, is appealing fines totaling $7,700. Unlike other Ethics Board rulings, campaign finance fines are not covered by a new appeals process involving administrative law judges, ethics board attorney Alesia Ardoin says. The public hearings begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at 617 N. Third St. in Baton Rouge. For a complete agenda, visit — Johnson

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