Posted: Jun 30, 2014 5:29 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jul 1, 2014 9:11 AM
PORT ALLEN- A big trial is now underway in West Baton Rouge Parish involving the recalled Mayor of Port Allen and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain.
Deedy Slaughter fired Audrey McCain last year after the WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained documents surrounding a trip Slaughter took to Washington D.C. without evidence of any city business. A judge reinstated McCain, blocking Slaughter's move. Since then, Slaughter was told not to meddle in McCain's work, but a lawsuit filed against her contends that wasn't the case.
"She (McCain) went through 328 days of hell working for Mayor Slaughter, and that's what we're going to show," McCain's lawyer Cy D'Aquilla said.
Cy D'Aquilla and Seth Dornier spent Monday going through stacks of paperwork and newspapers clippings before the trial begins today.
"At the apex of her earning potential and career, she lost her dignity, reputation," Dornier said. "It was severely damaged and her integrity. How much is that worth to you?"
McCain and her attorneys are suing Slaughter for the following reasons:
-allegations of retaliation after Slaughter fired McCain.
-allegations Slaughter violated the state whistle blower statute
-allegations she continued meddling in McCain's work when a Judge told her to stop
-allegations of defamation
We reached out to Deedy Slaughter for a comment. Her husband said she would not be doing any interviews. Instead, he referred all questions to the three attorneys who oppose McCain's lawsuit.
"Our position is that there is no legal basis for those claims," J. Arthur Smith, Attorney for the City of Port Allen said. "You don't get a judgement against an executive official because you disagree with the way they've conducted their office."
Smith doesn't think taxpayers and the City should have to pay for the Mayor's actions.
"We're not going to argue whether former Mayor Slaughter was a good Mayor or a bad Mayor," Smith said. "That's already been decided. The question is, is Ms. Mccain entitled to substantial damages for her experiences with the former Mayor Slaughter. We say not."
No matter the outcome, this case will have ripple effects as the basis of this lawsuit challenges elected officials to follow the law.
The trial began this morning at 9:00 a.m. Stay with WBRZ for the most complete coverage.