Lynelle Johnson was sworn in at the Ascension Parish Courthouse on Wednesday, two months after winning election as Justice of the Peace-3rd Court of Justice. The Dec. 11, 2021, election was necessary because Justice of the Peace-elect John Hebert declined to be sworn in after a very narrow victory over Johnson in 2020. Johnson beat self-described “power prosecutor” Kim Landry by ten points. percentage in December. .
“It’s something I was called to do,” an emotional Lynelle Johnson said moments after taking the oath. “I want to give back to this wonderful community that has given so much to me and my family.
Judge Erin Lanoux rendered the honors Wednesday as friends and family, including three elected officials from across the parish, looked on. There is some symmetry given that Justice Lanoux also won her seat on the parish court bench against Kim Landry, surpassing the equally career-led career by an even larger margin (16%) in 2018. The parish court of Lanoux has appeal jurisdiction over the three Ascension judges. Courts that can hear cases and controversies up to $5,000.
The 3rd Judge Court Constable, the ubiquitous James LeBlanc, served as master of ceremonies…
welcoming the new justice of the peace in a warm embrace.