Roper hearing to proceed on Sept. 10 after judge's ruling
BATON ROUGE - State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Friday that the termination hearing for Parish Attorney Mary Roper will go forward next Wednesday.
The Metro Council is now set to gather next Wednesday to cast a vote to decide Roper's job status. The Sept. 10 hearing will be open to the public.
The calls for Roper's dismissal began earlier this year when several council members alleged Roper had breached her duties as parish attorney.
An investigation followed during which officials found Roper had sent a confidential computer program developed by East Baton Rouge Parish to her husband, who works in parish government. Roper drew increased fire as the findings of the investigation were revealed with several council members finding the activity unacceptable with calls for her dismissal on the rise.
Roper said she is eager for her appearance next week with documentation and witnesses ready to testify on her behalf before the council.