Judge won't hear oral arguments on jail takeover
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.