Judge orders Port Allen mayor to appear in court
PORT ALLEN - A judge scheduled an emergency hearing next week over a suit filed by Port Allen City Council members asking for an injunction against Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
The judge ordered Mayor Slaughter to appear in court Tuesday, July 2 at 9 a.m. regarding the issues laid out in the council members' petition. They had asked for a temporary restraining order, which the judge denied and instead ordered the hearing.
"We are grateful that the judge fixed a speedy hearing and we look forward to proving all of our clients' allegations in court next Tuesday," said attorney Adrienne D. Rachel, who represents the council members.
The council members claimed in their petition the mayor was taking unauthorized and illegal actions by continuing to issue herself direct deposits for a salary increase the council didn't authorize, as well as other issues which were the focus of numerous News 2 investigations and a recent state auditor's report which found the mayor may have broken state laws.
The council is scheduled to hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the mayor's proposed budget.
News 2 will have more on this developing story tonight starting at 4 p.m.