Judge: Parish council can have lawyers apart from DA
COVINGTON, La. - A state judge has ruled that the St. Tammany Parish Council can continue to have its own staff attorneys, rejecting a challenge by the local district attorney.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery, who took office last year, had argued that it was his right and responsibility to provide legal representation to parish government. He had said that the parish's decade-long practice of operating a legal department separate from the District Attorney's Office violated the parish charter.
State District Judge Marion Edwards noted in a ruling issued Tuesday that the council has passed two ordinances allowing the council and parish president to have their own attorneys. Edwards ruled that the ordinances do not violate the charter.
Warren issued a Tuesday statement saying he is analyzing the ruling.