Law team for embattled parish attorney blast council
BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a Wednesday hearing to determine the fate of Mary Roper as parish attorney, Roper's attorneys are blasting the Metro Council for its attempts to fire her and released details of their own investigation into accusations Roper broke the rules.
The calls for Roper's dismissal began earlier this year when several council members alleged Roper had breached her duties as parish attorney. Officials said they found Roper had sent a confidential computer program developed by East Baton Rouge Parish to her husband, who works in parish government. Council members said she should not have shared the information, called the activity unacceptable and pushed for her removal.
Roper's team said in a document shared with the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit, she violated no policy by sharing information with her husband. Her attorneys argue, Roper's husband was part of the team that developed the software in question and "forwarded him information pertaining to the programming language... Thus allowing Ms. Roper to electronically complete the copyright application for the program."
Roper's attorneys added, computer scientists checked the software and found no security features jeopardizing the program since it had been shared. Some members of Metro Council argue sharing the program was a violation of disclosure of proprietary information.
Also Tuesday, Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel sent an email, also obtained by the Investigative Unit, to members of the council and legal teams of those involved. Banks-Daniel said she believes the move to fire Roper may be for other motives.
"She is not in this predicament due to wrong motives, selfish desires," Banks-Daniel wrote.
Roper has said she is eager for her appearance with documentation and witnesses ready to testify on her behalf before the council. The meeting is set for Wednesday morning.
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