Judge grants order to block termination hearing
BATON ROUGE - A judge granted an injunction Wednesday filed by East Baton Rouge's former parish attorney to postpone a Metro Council hearing over her job status.
Mary Roper filed suit against the Metro Council Tuesday over their attempts to remove her as parish attorney. The feud stems from accusations by council members that Roper shared privileged computer software information with her husband, a computer programmer.
Roper negotiated a deal with the Metro Council in June to step down and take a position in the city retirement system, which would let her keep her pay and pension. That position was scheduled to begin Monday, but Roper never formally accepted the offer and instead sued the Metro Council.
A hearing over her termination was deferred until Wednesday afternoon, which the injunction will delay. Metro Council members are required by law to meet, but will likely immediately postpone the meeting and adjourn.