Just about one week after State Senator Troy Brown was arrested in New Orleans for domestic battery, he is being sued.
St. John the Baptist Parish trial lawyer, Daniel Becnel Jr., is behind the suit regarding Brown’s Geismar residence, which is outside of his Senate district. Becnel Jr. wants monetary damages on allegations that Brown provided fraudulent information about residing in his River Parishes state Senate district.
It was just after Brown’s arrest that questions came up about where he lives, as he gave police a Geismar address outside his district. Through a spokeswoman, Brown has maintained that while he has a house in Geismar with his wife, he also maintains a legal residence in his district.
Becnel’s suit, which was filed in the 40th Judicial District on Friday afternoon, claims Brown does not have his domicile in Senate District 2, though he asserted that in qualifying papers earlier this year.
In qualifying papers in 2011 and 2015, Brown listed a duplex he owns in the Paincourtville area, 5806 La. 308, Napoleonville, which is in the district.
Other business, property tax and state financial disclosure papers for Brown also point to the Geismar address as his home or mailing address.
Senate District 2 covers parts of Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and West Baton Rouge parishes. Brown recently won a second term in Senate District 2 on Oct. 24 with 72 percent of the vote.
Brown’s spokeswoman has said he will not give up his seat, but, as a result of the pending criminal charge, Brown agreed with Senate President John Alario on Thursday to give up his vice chairmanship on the Senate Environmental Quality Committee until the case is resolved.