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Judge won't hear oral arguments on jail takeover

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago April 10, 2013 Apr 10, 2013 Wednesday, April 10 2013 April 10, 2013 1:50 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS- A U.S. district judge has declined to immediately set oral arguments over the city of New Orleans' request to place the local jail under federal control.

It's the latest step in a legal fight involving the city, the U.S. Justice Department and Sheriff Marlin Gusman over how best to improve jail conditions.

Judge Lance Africk turned down the city's request for a May 1 hearing and held out the possibility of a later date for such a hearing.

Gusman accused Landrieu of picking a political fight.

He said he inherited badly deteriorated facilities upon taking office, and later had to contend with severe damage from Hurricane Katrina.

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