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Council defers decision on parish attorney's future

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Posted: May 28, 2014 11:01 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Mary Roper, council, baton rouge, attorney

BATON ROUGE- A hearing about the future of the parish attorney's job in East Baton Rouge quickly became fiery Wednesday when members of the Metro Council fired spicy comments at each other.

"I"m trying to figure out what in the world, council members, are we doing," Councilwoman Tara Wicker exclaimed. "This is crazy!"

Roper could possibly be fired by the council after she became involved in a copyrighting issue over parish software. Some council members argue Roper shared privileged information with her husband.

But, her supporters on the council believe due process was not followed in attempts to remove her from her job.

"Let a judge decide and then we'll decide," Wicker said.

"They don't have a right to the job if you no longer want them," Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said.

The dismissal hearing on Wednesday ended by deferring the conversation and a decision to another hearing about Roper's future with the parish on June 18 at 5 p.m.
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