UPDATE: Suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope's hearing involving a lawsuit he filed against the now defunct The Independent newspaper's lawyer Gary McGoffin has been set for March.

According to our news partners at KATC, McGoffin is asking the court to not only dismiss Pope's lawsuit, but also to award him attorney's fees from Pope. Meanwhile, Pope is asking for money from the court for attorney's fees and mental anguish.

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UPDATE: Suspended Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope was in court today for sentencing after his October 2018 conviction on 4 of 7 felony counts of malfeasance and perjury, which goes back to Pope's public records dispute with the former Independent newspaper.

According to KADN, Lafayette District Court Judge David Smith delayed Pope's sentencing until April. He faces up to five years for each count.

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Just hours after both sides in the trial of Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope rested their case, jurors returned a guilty verdict on four counts. Our news partners at KATC report Pope was convicted of one felony count of perjury and three counts of malfeasance in office. He was acquitted on three additional counts.

The story is developing and we will have the latest as it becomes available.