Judge disqualifies Norton from seeking election to Senate

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has disqualified state Rep. Barbara Norton from seeking election to the state Senate.

News outlets report District Judge Craig Marcotte ruled Friday that there was "clear and convincing evidence" Norton does not live in the house she claims as her residence.

The ruling ended a more than 12-hour day of testimony where state Sen. Greg Tarver challenged Norton's eligibility to run in District 39. Tarver said Norton actually lives in adjoining Senate District 38.

Marcotte ruled that Tarver proved his case. The judge questioned why Norton would live in a small house with two other people — one of whom is a registered sex offender — instead of alone in a larger home.

Norton says she will appeal Friday's ruling.