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|Judge: Traylor's financial records to remain private|
Former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor does not have to disclose some of his personal financial records, but Judge Anne Simon will decide at a later date whether Traylor must disclose information concerning bank accounts he held with his late wife.
Simon made her ruling Monday in 5th Judicial District Court in Winnsboro. She is presiding over a lawsuit filed by the sons of Traylor's late wife, Peggy Traylor. Peggy Traylor died intestate in 2009.
A retired judge from the 16th Judicial District Court, Simon agreed to preside over the case after 5th District Court judges Terry Doughty, Rudolph McIntyre and James Stephens recused themselves from hearing the lawsuit filed by Noble Ellington III and Ryan Ellington.
Noble Ellington III and Ryan Ellington sued Traylor in 5th Judicial District Court weeks ago. As co-administrators of Peggy Traylor's estate, the Ellingtons contend that Traylor should make available their mother's financial records as well as his. In a ruling months ago, McIntyre named the Ellingtons co-administrators of their mother's estate.
Traylor has filed a motion to remove the Ellingtons as co-administrators. Simon will conduct a hearing on Traylor's motion on Aug. 17 in 5th Judicial District Court in Winnsboro.
Traylor, who is challenging U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the Aug. 28 Republican Party primary election, should disclose his financial records because he is a candidate for public office, Paul Spillers said in court Monday. Spillers, of Monroe, is representing Noble Ellington III and Ryan Ellington.
Traylor was represented by Monroe attorney Brady King.
Though Traylor does not have to disclose his personal checking account information, according to Simon, the judge reserved issuing a ruling on whether other checking account information that Traylor held with his late wife should be made available to Noble Ellington III and Ryan Ellington. Simon said she needed more information before she could rule on whether Traylor should disclose information concerning bank accounts he held with his late wife. Simon did not say when she would rule on that matter.
Simon also gave Traylor 20 days to produce the values of his financial holdings. He gave the court a listing of his financial holdings but a value for each holding was withheld.
Traylor has claimed use of property he and his late wife bought. Simon ruled that Traylor will be allowed to keep community property, meaning anything of significant value that he purchased while married to Peggy Traylor.
King said Simon "did the right thing" in allowing Traylor to keep property he and his late wife bought.
"And I appreciate that the court has ruled that separate accounts are separate and that we don't have to produce them," King said.
Noble Ellington III and Ryan Ellington were in court Monday. Traylor did not attend the hearing.
Prior to her marriage to Chet Traylor, Peggy Traylor was married for years to state Rep. Noble Ellington II. They had two sons, Noble Ellington III and Ryan Ellington.
The Ellingtons divorced in 1998.
The former Peggy McDowell Ellington and Chet Traylor were married later.