Former State Sen. Derrick Shepherd Qualifies For House Race

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former state senator who served a 37-month sentence for money laundering is again seeking office.

         Fox 8 WVUE-TV reports Derrick Shepherd qualified Thursday for state representative, House District 87, a seat he previously held in 2003.

         A news release said Shepherd asked the voters for forgiveness. He says his campaign will offer "hope to many citizens who have made a mistake that they too can receive a second chance in life."

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         Although aware of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting convicted felons from running for office, the news release said several attorneys believe its enactment was unconstitutional.

         Shepherd served in the state senate from 2005-2008, when he pleaded in federal court to conspiring with an unlicensed bond broker to launder $141,000 in proceeds from the sale of bogus bonds.

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