Attorney General Jeff Landry has been so successful against JBE in court that he’s taking him back to court. This time, they’re going to be fighting over money.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed another lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards, this time accusing his office of delaying the approval of vouchers and thus, blocking the Louisiana Department of Justice’s access to certain funds.
The latest suit was filed Tuesday. According to the lawsuit, the Governor’s Division of Administration refuses to allow LADOJ access to nearly $4 million in an escrow account.
“John Bel Edwards has made clear that, despite the duly-elected Legislature’s desires, he will continue to raid an account that has been used for years to fund the operations of the Louisiana Department of Justice,” Landry stated in a written release. “The Governor’s lawless disregard for the legislative and democratic processes has obstructed the Louisiana Department of Justice from carrying out our constitutionally and statutorily obligated duties.”
The copy of the lawsuit can be seen here.
The lawsuit is in reference to the LADOJ’s settlement with GlaxoSmithKline in 2013. The LADOJ claims they’re being blocked from receiving money they’re entitled to with the settlement.
JBE, however, says that Landry is not entitled to the money because Landry’s office must take a cut, along with the rest of state government.
We will update as we learn more.