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Marcus Clark

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Marcus Clark
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Court Information:
Louisiana Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $159,000
Active:   2009-2019
Preceded by:   Chet Traylor
Past position:   Judge, 4th District Court
Past term:   1997-2009
Past position 2:   Assistant District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District
Past term 2:   1985-1996
Personal History
Born:   1956
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Northeast Louisiana University, 1978
Law School:   Louisiana State University, 1985

Marcus R. Clark was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court on October 17, 2009. He was sworn in on November 19, 2009.[1] His current term will expire in 2019.


Clark received his undergraduate degree from Northeast Louisiana University in 1978 and his J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1985.[2]


Clark was a detective for the Ouachita Parish sheriff's department before attending law school.[3][2]

Awards and associations


  • Member, Louisiana District Judges Association
  • Member, Louisiana District Judges Association Executive Committee
  • Past President & Member, Judge Fred Fudicker American Inns of Court
  • Member, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Member, Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Past President, Assistant District Attorney’s Association
  • Past 2nd Vice-president, Board of Directors for District Attorney’s Association
  • Member, Post-Conviction DNA Testing Advisory Commission
  • Member, YWCA S.A.F.E. Task Force
  • Member, Alzheimer’s Association[2]

In the news

Judge Clark suspended without pay

On February 20, 2004, the Louisiana Supreme Court, on the recommendation of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, suspended Judge Marcus Clark from the 4th District Court for thirty days without pay. He was also required to pay the Commission $714 to cover the costs of the investigation. The Commission alleged that Clark "failed to rule timely (within thirty days as required by La. Rev. Stat. 13:4207) in nineteen cases and that the delays in deciding these cases ranged from three months to five years."Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title They also found that he failed to report that certain cases had been taken under advisement and that he had already been warned about delays with his cases.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title

Judicial conduct violation in 2009 campaign

The Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee stated that Judge Clark violated the Code of Judicial Conduct by misrepresenting the cause of his 2004 sanction (detailed above) in his 2009 campaign materials. He included the following quote in a flyer, which read, "Case overload can impact case disposition. As a first time judge, I fell behind on some cases and I was sanctioned."Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title

The Committee, however, pointed out that the reason for the sanction was not due to overload, but inefficiency. Thus, they said that Clark misrepresented the supreme court's decision. According to the court's 2004 opinion, "Judge Clark himself did not attribute his failure to decide these cases timely to an excessive administrative or judicial workload . . . it was clear that these cases simply fell through the cracks on account of Judge Clark’s own inefficiency, rather than that of the district court or excessive demands upon his time."Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name cannot be a simple integer. Use a descriptive title



Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Marcus Clark ApprovedA No4th District52.8%
Jimmy Faircloth No4th District47.2%

Campaign contributions

"Clark reported receipts of $155,324.62, including a $50,000 loan to himself, and $89,184 cash on hand at the start of the reporting period. After expenditures, he reported $102,726.36 in cash on hand."[4]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Clark received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.23, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 0.35 that justices received in Louisiana. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

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