As you may already know, Judge James Best has recently announced his retirement from the district court bench. Judge Best’s retirement will create a vacancy in Division A of the 18th Judicial District Court. A special election to fill this vacancy will be announced for later this year. After long and careful consideration with family and friends I have decided to announce my candidacy for the Division A Judgeship in this special election.
I am the son of Esper, Jr. and Betty Clay Hebert Marionneaux. My father served as a Representative for Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and West Baton Rouge in the State Legislature. I am married to the former Patsy Rockforte of Maringouin who recently retired from a career in banking. We are the proud parents of one son, Stephen Tyler, a medic with Acadian Ambulance. Tyler also volunteers with Fire Protection District No. 4 and is a member of their dive team. We reside in Livonia, Parish of Pointe Coupee, Louisiana.
I attended Livonia Elementary and graduated from Catholic High of Pointe Coupee. I am a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Southern Law Center.
For the past 36 years, I have maintained a general law practice within the 18th Judicial District. I have served as an assistant district attorney for 34 years and as attorney for the municipalities of Fordoche, Livonia and Maringouin. I have served as legal counsel for the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District (2004 to present) and as pro bono attorney for Pointe Coupee Fire Protection District No. 4 (1995 to present). I serve as prosecutor for the Livonia Magistrate Court and have also provided legal representation for the Iberville Parish Counsel, Iberville Parish Waterworks District No. 4, and the Parish of Iberville as defense counsel in various civil litigation matters.
I am committed to a Court that insures that the best interest of our children is always served. As Judge I will maintain a Court that has ZERO TOLERANCE for those who would harm our children or elderly. I am equally committed to a Court that will have absolutely NO TOLERANCE for drug traffickers, perpetrators of violent crime and habitual offenders. I truly believe our efforts must be accelerated forward in our attempts to address the substance abuse problems facing our district and its effect on crime. I am committed to the enhancement of our Drug Court in its efforts to reach our young first time offenders and the availability of substance abuse treatment and education.
It is imperative that both juvenile and adult offenders understand and recognize that there will be consequences resulting from their criminal activity, including incarceration, and that they will be held accountable for their deviant behavior and that such criminal conduct will be dealt with in a stern and consistent fashion. We cannot continue to function as we have in the past while we lose yet another generation of our children to this vicious cycle of drugs, violence and crime. We cannot continue to allow our neighborhoods and communities to be victimized by the criminal behavior of a few. Our Courts must now become innovative in their approach to sentencing, education and rehabilitation and certainly our Courts should always be mindful of the victims of crime and supportive of crime victim restitution and reparation.
With over 36 years of legal experience, I’ve participated in and observed just about every kind of case imaginable, and I’ve spent thousands of hours in the courtroom. My extensive courtroom experience will enable me to maintain and operate a fair and efficient courtroom. I pledge that every person who enters the Division A Court will be treated with the respect they deserve, and everyone will be afforded equal treatment as mandated by law. I truly believe the most important thing for any judge to accomplish would be that at each day’s end, to have every person who appeared before the court that day to depart with the confidence, satisfaction and knowledge that his or her matter was decided in a completely fair and impartial manner, with the result being based solely on the facts and evidence presented to the court together with the correct application of the law. It is imperative and crucial that all our citizens can at all times enter and depart our courtrooms confident of the integrity and independence of the judiciary. I believe that my years of practice have provided me with the maturity, disposition, temperament, knowledge and professionalism necessary to best serve the interests of all the people of our district. I maintain a deep appreciation of the privilege and opportunity afforded in being allowed to participate in the legal profession, and I pledge that, as Judge, I shall perform the duties of that office impartially and diligently and shall always uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.
As an assistant district attorney, I was instrumental in the formation and management of the District Attorney’s Child Support Enforcement Division which has collected millions of dollars in child support while maintaining a budget surplus each year since the program’s inception. In 1981 I established a private law practice as a solo practitioner in Livonia with an emphasis on Business Transactions/Commercial Law, Civil Litigation (Plaintiff and Defendant), Contract Law, Business Organizations, Family Law, Government Contracts, Governmental Law, Personal Injury/Property Damage (Plaintiff and Defendant), Real Estate/Title, Wills, Estates, Probate and Planning. I am licensed to practice before all courts within the State of Louisiana and have presented oral argument before our Supreme Court. I have served as a presenter/speaker at family law seminars.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, 18th Judicial District Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Dyslexia Association, member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and the NWTF.
I am committed to an active and informative campaign with every intention of visiting each and every home within the district. I look forward to visiting with you and your family within the very near future.
I humbly and sincerely ask that you please consider my candidacy when reaching your decision to fill the vacancy in the Division A Judgeship.
Throughout the campaign I can be reached at (225)637-3611 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your thoughts, questions and input will be greatly appreciated.
Stephen H. Marionneaux
P.O. Box 474
Livonia, Louisiana 70755