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Former EBR Parish attorney denied new trial

9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago Friday, October 28 2016 Oct 28, 2016 October 28, 2016 12:48 PM October 28, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Lee Polowczuk

BATON ROUGE - Former East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper lost an appeal in her attempt to get a new trial in a defamation case against Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Chandler Loupe and the city-parish.

In her original suit Roper claimed Loupe made false statements about her eventually causing the Metro Council to fire her as Parish Attorney.

Roper’s petition detailed animosity that she says began in November 2008 with Loupe acting “out of malice and in retaliation” when Roper did not comply with Loupe’s requests that another person be given a position in the Parish Attorney’s office. Roper’s suit cited numerous other instances of alleged defamation. The 19th Judicial District rejected all of those claims last year, leading to a higher court appeal.

In an often and ugly public back and forth between the two, Roper was removed from her role in November 2014, following a hearing and vote by the Metro Council.

The Metro Council appointed long-time city-parish attorney Lea Anne Batson to succeed Roper.

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