LAFAYETTE, La. — A judge has postponed a sentence that calls for Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope to serve a week of house arrest in a dispute over public records.

The Advocate reports ( ) that state District Judge Jules Edwards initially ordered Pope to surrender to the Lafayette Parish jail on Monday. But the judge postponed his surrender date until April 8.

The Independent news organization sued Pope over allegations that he withheld emails sent to and from his official account.

Kevin Stockstill, Pope’s attorney, said there is no evidence that Pope didn’t comply with a Dec. 14 court order to produce the emails.

But the judge found Pope in contempt of court. Edwards suspended all but seven days of a 30-day jail sentence and allowed him to serve it under house arrest

Information from: The Advocate,

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