Former parish attorney sues over public records
BATON ROUGE - Former Parish Attorney Mary Roper faced five council members she's suing over public records Wednesday.
Roper claims the city-parish and council have not honored her request to receive emails containing certain key words from council members along with emails she sent and received while she was parish attorney.
Roper sued Chandler Loupe, Buddy Amoroso, C. Denise Marcelle, John Delgado and Trae Welch. All were in court today, waiting for their turn to deal with six lawsuits.
In court, Judge Tim Kelly consolidated them into one suit and said if it's determined there are penalties it would be in the council members' official capacity and not personal. Kelly acknowledged that emails and other communication on phones and personal accounts was public record if it dealt with city business.
Murphy Foster is representing the city-parish and council members. Foster said all the public records were made available to Roper on four different dates last month, but she never came to pick them up. Foster said the volume of her request included 32,000 pages of documents, and nearly 800 emails from some council members.
"I don't know why we're here," Foster said. "I don't know why they filed a lawsuit when we gave them all documents. We gave them access to every document they wanted, and they didn't bother to come look at them. This is silly."
Roper said she's still missing certain documents, and since some of her requests were filed as early as August she's fed up.
"I absolutely want the documents," Roper said. "I've been wanting the documents for some time. At this point, I'm very frustrated, and I think they need to be held accountable for the run-around I've been given, and the games that they have played."
It's unclear what Roper wants to see in those documents.