Roy Brun

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Roy Louis Brun
Louisiana State Representative from Caddo Parish (District 5)
In office
1988–1997
Preceded by Benjamin Frankin "Ben" O'Neal, Jr.
Succeeded by Wayne Waddell
First Judicial District Court Judge in Shreveport, Louisiana
Assumed office
1997
Personal details
Born (1953-01-15) January 15, 1953 (age 64)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kimberly Bourgeois Brun
Children

Andrew Louis Brun (born 1985)

Blaine MacGregor Brun (born 1987)
Alma mater

Fair Park High School
Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Law Center
Occupation Attorney and Judge
Religion Episcopalian

Roy Louis Brun (born January 15, 1953) is a state First Judicial District Court judge in Shreveport in Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana, and a Republican former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, a position which he filled from 1988 to 1997. Brun was considered to have been one of the most conservative members of the legislature during his nine years there.

Early life and education[edit]

Roy Louis Brun (pronounced BRUNN) was born in 1953 to Edwin Louis Brun (1925-2013), a native of Shreveport and pharmaceutical salesman, and the former Faye Hendrick (1927-2012), a native of Portland, Maine, and a history teacher and guidance counselor. The couple met at Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in Lincoln, Nebraska.

During World War II, Edwin Brun was attached to a mobile field hospital in the Solomon Islands, serving in the battles of Guadalcanal and Bougainville in preparation for the Philippines Campaign.[1] His mother worked at Rusheon Junior High School in Bossier City where she also supervised student teachers.[2]

Edwin Brun became a science teacher and then counselor in Caddo Parish. The Bruns enjoyed traveling to add to their interests, from wildflowers to telescopes. Edwin Brun's obituary implies that their son, Roy, was born in Baton Rouge. The family settles in Shreveport in 1954, when Roy was one year old. The Bruns also had a daughter Sylvia (born 1956), who became a medical doctor.[1]

Roy Brun is a 1970 alumnus of Fair Park High School in Shreveport, from which his father had graduated in 1944.[1] Brun subsequently received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his law degree through the Louisiana State University Law Center.[3]

Marriage and family[edit]

Brun is married to the former Kimberly Bourgeois (born 1962), and together they had two sons, Andrew Louis Brun (born 1985), and Blaine MacGregor Brun (born 1987).

Career[edit]

Brun practiced law in Shreveport prior to and during his legislative career. He is a member of the Louisiana and Shreveport bar associations. In 1982, Brun was a member of the Caddo Parish Home Rule Study Commission, which laid the groundwork for the Caddo Parish Commission, the parish governing body which replaced the former police jury.

Civic activities[edit]

Brun is a member of the Caddo-Bossier Association of Retarded Children. He is a past president of the Ark-La-Tex Gun Collectors. He is a member of Kiwanis International. The Bruns are members of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in downtown Shreveport.

Early political activities[edit]

A lifelong Republican, Brun in 1975, at the age of twenty-two, Brun ran unsuccessfully for the Louisiana State Senate.

At twenty-three and still in law school, Brun was one of the youngest delegates to the 1976 Republican National Convention, which met in Kansas City, Missouri. Like the majority of the Louisiana delegates, Brun was committed to the insurgent challenge of former Governor Ronald W. Reagan of California. When Reagan's intraparty rival, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., narrowly won the GOP nomination, Brun agreed to support the party ticket, although with little enthusiasm. He sat on the Caddo Parish Republican Executive Committee and was a delegate to the Republican conventions of 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, and 1984 in Dallas, Texas.[4] He was in 1984 a Louisiana elector for President Reagan and Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush.

In 1978, Brun, head of the Republican ballot security program, reported alleged vote-buying in Louisiana's 4th congressional district race between Republican James H. "Jimmy" Wilson of Vivian in Caddo Parish and Democrat Buddy Leach, then of Leesville in Vernon Parish but later of Lake Charles. Leach defeated Wilson by 266 disputed votes in that race to succeed the retiring Democrat Joe D. Waggonner.

In 1979, Brun uncovered a problem with seals on voting machines in Opelousas in St. Landry Parish during the gubernatorial election. The serial numbers on the seals did not correspond with the tallies on the seals when the polls closed the Saturday night of the election, in which the Republican Treen defeated the Democrat Louis Lambert.[5]

1987 legislative election[edit]

Brun ran for the legislature when his political mentor, State Representative B.F. O'Neal, Jr., announced his retirement, effective in 1988. Brun entered the October 1987 nonpartisan blanket primary for O'Neal's District 5 seat in the Louisiana House. He was one of eight candidates, four from each major party. He ran second with 3,542 votes (20 percent) to Democrat Walter F. Clawson, who drew 4,128 ballots (23 percent). The majority voted for the combined six other candidates, none of whom exceeded 14 percent of the vote.[6]

In the November 1987 general election, Brun defeated Clawson, 5,547 votes (54 percent) to 4,656 (46 percent). Clawson gained only five hundred votes between the primary and the general election, but Brun increased his raw vote by some two thousand ballots.[7] Though his initial election margin was not overwhelming, no candidates opposed Brun when he sought reelection in the primaries of 1991 and 1995.

Brun's legislative record[edit]

Representative Brun introduced legislation called the "Justifiable Murder of an AIDS Carrier" bill. The legislation, had it been approved, would have made the killing of an AIDS carrier fall under "justifiable homicide" if a person had to fight off an attacker whom he knew was carrying the deadly virus or believed was infected.[8]

Brun served on the Legislative Audit Advisory Council and the Education Oversight Committee.[4] He worked with Democratic Representative Everett Doerge of Minden to repeal the Louisiana forced heirship law, derived from the Napoleonic code.[4][9] Brun claimed that the law limited the number of retirees who settle in Louisiana because they had limited control over their wills.[10]

In 1996, as his legislative career was winding down, Brun argued for raising the Louisiana speed limit to 70 miles per hour, comparable to the limits in much of neighboring Texas. That same year, he also worked in the unsuccessful presidential nomination bid waged by U.S. Senator Phil Gramm of Texas.[11] Gramm had been in a Democrat in 1976, when he ran unsuccessfully in the party primary election against U.S. Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen at the time Brun was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1983, however, Gramm switched to the Republican Party. Brun was a member of the Caddo Parish Board of Election Supervisors until he was elected as judge. He also served for six years as the Republican national committeeman from Louisiana.[12]

Judicial career[edit]

In 1996, Brun was elected to a six-year term as a state district judge. He was reelected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. He resigned his legislative seat in 1997 and was succeeded by a fellow Republican, Wayne Waddell. He won a general election (often called the runoff in Louisiana) contest over another Republican, Judy Boykin, a member of the Caddo Parish School Board who was prominent in the Religious Right in Shreveport.

In 2005, area residents had gathered nearly 1,300 signatures to express their concerns about a proposed 5-acre (20,000 m2) truck stop, bar and casino on Louisiana Highway 1 South of Shreveport, adjacent to the Port of Shreveport-Bossier. The zoning board of appeals board had approved the project by means of a special use zoning exception for the developer, Bob Horn. The Commission voted 7-5 to deny the zoning exception after the residents objected. Opponents contended that a truck stop casino would imperil nearby neighborhoods, businesses, churches, and schools by decreasing property values, increasing noise levels, and placing at risk young drivers and schoolchildren who stand at bus stops and ride bicycles along south Youree Drive.[13]

Unbeknown to the residents, the land owner filed a lawsuit to challenge the commission’s decision. This was not made public until after Judge Brun ruled against the Commission in the case on April 15, 2005. The Commission voted not to appeal the ruling.[13] Brun overturned the Commission’s decision, saying it was "arbitrary and capricious," and that the Commission had no grounds to block the truck stop.[13]

Mike Johnson, the attorney for the citizens opponents, said, "The commission’s finding was legitimate and based directly upon the testimony and evidence presented by the citizens. The commission understood that the proposed operation would be a detriment to the surrounding area and place the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of this community at risk." He also said, "When lawmakers have to choose between protecting a casino and bar or protecting our children and the community, the latter should be given the priority." [13]

When citizen-opponents to the project mobilized, Brun allowed the group to appeal his ruling against them.[13] In 2006, the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the Caddo Parish Commission was within its legal rights to override the zoning board decision to allow the truck stop. The circuit court delivered a stinging rebuke to Judge Brun, who perceived the matter as one of a legitimate business developing property.

Approximately a year later, the zoning request for the truck stop was brought before the Caddo Parish Commission again. This time, the commissioners approved the request. The truck stop serves vehicles in the Shreveport port area and sells some 300,000 gallons of fuel annually.

Southern Trace Country Club discrimination lawsuit[edit]

In 2003, two women challenged the all-male grill in the popular Southern Trace Country Club of Shreveport. They argued that the grill is a "public" facility under the law, and therefore subject to Louisiana statutes barring discrimination based upon sex. The club raised privacy concerns to justify its exclusionary policy. Judge Brun ruled that the all-male policy in the club's Men's Grille did not violate the state constitution because it did not constitute “arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable discrimination based on sex.”

This decision was later appealed and reversed by the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; it ruled that economic factors and male preference are not an appropriate objective by which to justify discrimination.[14]

1999 ruling in favor of police[edit]

Brun ruled in a 1999 case in which a Shreveport police officer was charged with wrongful homicide and negligence in the shooting death of a 28-year-old African American suspect. Reginald Davis was shot to death by Officer Kevin Strickland after a struggle. Brun cleared the city of Shreveport and Strickland of any negligence in the case. The officer had testified that a gun was found on Davis, and that Davis attempted to use the weapon to shoot Strickland.

Brun's current term as judge expires on the last day of 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Edwin Louis Brun". Shreveport Times. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fay Hendrick Brun". legacy.com. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roy Brun Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Bonnie Koskie, "Rep. Brun to Speak Tomorrow", Minden Press-Herald, February 1, 1994, p. 1
  5. ^ Shreveport Journal, December 10–11, 1979.
  6. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 24, 1987". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 21, 1987". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "ATTENTION! House Bill 290". qrd.org. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Minden Press-Herald, December 16, 1993, p. 1
  10. ^ Virgie Davis, "Brun: Forced Heirship Scares People off", Minden Press-Herald, February 4, 1994, p. 1.
  11. ^ "Ralph Z. Hallow, "Caucus Port-Mortem: Arrogance Cost Gramm: Buchanan Didn't Take Right for Granted"". questia.com. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Roy L. Brun". zoominfo.com. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Shreveport Times, April 28, 2005
  14. ^ http://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1475683.html
Preceded by
B.F. O'Neal, Jr.
Louisiana State Representative for District 5 (Shreveport)

Roy Louis Brun
1988–1997

Succeeded by
Wayne Waddell