Roper files suit against council
BATON ROUGE - The parish attorney being forced out of her position by city leaders has filed suit Monday against the entire East Baton Rouge Metro Council.
Mary Roper claimed in the lawsuit members of the council unfairly targeted her and wanted her to step down in order to give her position to a friend of theirs.
Some Metro Council members called for Roper's dismissal after they said she sent an email which contained part of a computer program the parish was developing to her husband, a software developer. Roper said she was working on copyrights for the code, and wanted her husband's expertise on the matter. Her critics on the council said he could have benefited financially from the code.
In court documents, Roper asks a judge to put her firing on hold.
"I am disappointed that it had to come to this," Roper said in an email to WBRZ News 2 Tuesday. "My preference would have been an amicable resolution."