Judge denies mistrial request by mayor's attorney
PORT ALLEN - A judge denied a mistrial request by the attorney for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter in today's hearing over a lawsuit filed by three city council members.
Ron Johnson made the motion after the judge signed an order requiring Slaughter stop interfering with Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain's work, one of the complaints made in the council members' petition.
The day-long hearing is still going on with three more witnesses on the agenda. The council members claim Slaughter is breaking the law with several actions she's taken, including raising her salary without council approval and continuing to issue herself direct deposits even after the budget for the salary ran out.
Slaughter was not in court, even though the judge ordered she appear to face the allegations.
These issues have been part of an ongoing News 2 investigation into Slaughter's actions as mayor, starting with her request for taxpayers to repay a trip to Washington D. C. where she claims she was meeting Senator Mary Landrieu on city business. Landrieu denies a scheduled meeting ever took place.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on this breaking development at 6 p.m.