Attorneys Carol P. Lexing and Louis G. Scott of Monroe, LA were about to present their arguments in the Jackson Parish Courtroom to 2nd Judicial District Judge Jennifer Clason as to why they believed the raid on Jonesboro City Hall by Sheriff Andy Brown’s investigation team back in March of this year was unjustified, when they found themselves in the midst of a more immediate and pressing matter: the surprise arrest of their client, the Honorable Mayor Leslie C. Thompson.
The complainant, Jonesboro Councilwoman Renee Stringer was seen at the Jackson Parish Courthouse while Mayor Thompson was in court, and shortly afterward Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown informed Mayor Thompson of District Attorney Jonathan Stewart’s decision to arrest him while Thompson was awaiting the outcome of the above stated unrelated hearing.
Mayor Thompson immediately left the courtroom with Sheriff Brown upon learning about the simple battery charge filed against him. Attorney Scott proceeded with the Motion To Quash issue at hand (which was later denied), while Attorney Lexing assisted Mayor Thompson in Sheriff Brown’s office.
The allegations by Stringer against Mayor Thompson are reported to have taken place in the presence of many witnesses at the Jackson Parish Library’s first “Concert-In-The-Park” event held this past Saturday afternoon on October 1st, 2011 at the Jonesboro Veteran’s Park.
Mayor Thompson welcomed the crowd and introduced the first band at approximately 2:00 p.m. shortly before the alleged actions took place. Stringer wrote in her initial hand written complaint that Mayor Thompson pushed her “almost out of the chair” after asking him to leave her alone 3 times.
The Mayor of Jonesboro was released on a $500 bond immediately after his arrest and denies the allegations against him. The arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
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