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Petition for temporary restraining order filed against Painter

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Posted: Aug 26, 2010 5:35 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 6:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Restraining Order, Murphy Painter, Former Employee, Alcohol and Tobacco Control, WBRZ

A petition for a temporary restraining order was filed against former Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter in district court today in Baton Rouge.

Court documents News 2 obtained show a former ATC employee made it known that Painter made her feel uncomfortable after showing up at her house unannounced and refusing to leave. The documents also say Painter has continued to attempt to contact the former employee even though she has not worked for him recently.

Painter stepped down two weeks ago amid a string of possible violations of law and ethical standards. The court documents show Painter ran the former employee's name in the statewide database the same week he stepped down.

The documents show the former employee believes there is a physical danger of threats, stalking, intimidation and harassment.

Although the petition for the restraining order was filed in court, a judge still must sign off on it. If approved, Murphy Painter would not be allowed to go within 1,000 feet of the former employee.

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