New Orleans mayor faces possible house arrest
NEW ORLEANS - Facing a possible house arrest sentence, the mayor of New Orleans says the city will appeal a judge's order holding him in contempt for failing to come up with an acceptable plan to pay a $75 million judgment in a decades-old legal dispute with city firefighters.
But Mayor Mitch Landrieu also said Friday that he's prepared to finish out the last two years of his term under house arrest on weekends rather than make a payment that he said would require drastic cuts in city services, including police and fire protection.
Earlier, various New Orleans media reported that state District Judge Kern Reese gave the city a week to come up with a payment plan. And he threatened Landrieu with a house arrest sentence restricting Landrieu to his home on weekends.