Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court Judge Wilson Fields “quickly dismissed a lawsuit against US Sen. Mary Landrieu related to her residency that was filed by former US Senate candidate and current Louisiana Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington,”on Friday morning, according to WAFB in Baton Rouge.
The Associated Press reported that “Fields said the U.S. Constitution clearly describes the qualifications required of a senator, saying the person must be a resident of the state at the time of the election. The judge said that means a challenge could be filed only after a winner is chosen by voters, in either the Nov. 4 election or the Dec. 6 runoff.”
The Associated Press also reported that “Hollis said he was considering whether to appeal Fields’ decision or wait until the outcome of the election to determine if he’ll file another challenge.”
Senator Mary Landrieu did not appear in person at the hearing on the lawsuit filed by State Representative Paul Hollis objecting to her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, Judge Wilson issued an order directing her to appear in person at a hearing in his courtroom.
However, the subpoena issued by the Clerk of Court gave Senator Landrieu the option of filing a pleading instead, which her attorneys did.