Paul Carmouche

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Paul J. Carmouche
District Attorney for Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
January 2, 1979 – January 1, 2009
Succeeded by Charles Scott
Personal details
Born (1943-06-23) June 23, 1943 (age 71)
Napoleonville, Assumption Parish
Spouse(s) Marti Carmouche
Children Marianna and Matthew
Residence Shreveport, Caddo Parish
Alma mater Nicholls State University (BA)
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, JD (1969)
Occupation Attorney

Paul J. Carmouche (born June 23, 1943) is an American lawyer who served as a five-term District Attorney for Caddo Parish, Louisiana from 1979 to 2009. Before his tenure as district attorney, Carmouche graduated from Loyola University New Orleans Law School in 1969 and worked as an assistant in the District Attorney's office from 1974 to 1977. Carmouche was also a one time candidate for the United States House of Representatives, narrowly losing to Republican challenger John C. Fleming in 2008.

Biography[edit]

Paul Carmouche was born and reared in Napoleonville, the seat of Assumption Parish in south Louisiana, where he attended public schools. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1969 from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law,[1] where he was President of the Law School student body.[2] He was admitted to the State Bar of Louisiana in 1969.[2]

Paul and his wife, Marti, live in Shreveport and are the parents of two children.

Law career[edit]

After graduating from law school, Carmouche joined a small civil law firm, and handled civil and criminal cases for four years, [2] before joining the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office in October 1973 as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA).[1] From the DA's office, he went on to serve as Chief Counsel Indigent Defender Office from 1977 to 1978.[2]

Carmouche was elected to the office of Caddo Parish District Attorney in the September 16, 1978 election at age 35, taking office on January 2, 1979.[1] The Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting all felony and misdemeanor crimes in the parish,[1] which is the third most populous parish in Louisiana,[3] with a 2006-census estimated population of 253,118.[4] During Carmouche's tenure in the DA's office, new services added include a Pretrial Diversion Section, Victim/Witness Section, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Section, Child Support Division, Hot Check Section, White Collar Crimes Section, Sex Crimes Screening Unit and a Homicide Screening Unit; as well, making the office fully computerized with online information available to the public.[1]He hired Scott Crichton as an assistant DA; Crichton in 1991 became one of the Louisiana 1st Judicial District Court judges in Caddo Parish.

Carmouche is a past president of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, and is admitted to practice before the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.[1] Carmouche retired as District Attorney in January 2009 and now is a criminal defense attorney and has established the Law Office of Paul J Carmouche, 3050 Thornhill Ave. Shreveport, La. 71104, phone 318-212-1147.

2008 Congressional race for the 4th District seat[edit]

In February 2008, Carmouche announced that he would not seek re-election as District Attorney.[5] On March 19, 2008, Carmouche announced that he would run for the Congressional seat vacated by retiring Republican Jim McCrery,[5] who held the seat since the spring of 1988.

On November 4, 2008, Carmouche procured the Democratic nomination in a runoff over the African American attorney Willie Banks, Jr., 93,093 (62 percent) to 57,078 (38 percent).[6][7]

On December 6, 2008, Carmouche lost the general election to Minden Physician John C. Fleming, who was the Republican nominee for the seat. Carmouche lost by a narrow 356 votes.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Meet the District Attorney — Paul J. Carmouche". Office of District Attorney for Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Paul J. Carmouche". Attorney Profiles. Weems Schimpf Gilsoul Haines Landry & Carmouche. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Counties of Louisiana: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004 (CO-EST2004-01-22)". Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. April 14, 2005. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ United States Census Bureau (July 5, 2008). "Caddo Parish Quickfacts". Retrieved November 27, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Paul Carmouche to run for Congress". KPXJ21. March 19, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Results for Election Date: 11/04/08" (See primary returns for Fourth Congressional District). Official Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State. 
  7. ^ "Carmouche, Fleming advance to runoff for LA's 4th Congressional Dist.". KSLA. November 5, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 

References[edit]

  • "Paul J. Carmouche". Attorney Profiles. Weems Schimpf Gilsoul Haines Landry & Carmouche. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  • Radelat, Ana (July 25, 2008). "Carmouche wins backing of national Democrats". Gannett Company. 

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