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Attorneys want Port Allen mayor held in contempt

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PORT ALLEN - Attorneys for the Port Allen chief financial officer reinstated by a Judge two months ago want Mayor Deedy Slaughter held in contempt of court.

In February Judge Alvin Batiste ruled that McCain was to be reinstated, and prohibited the Mayor from interfering with or affecting the efficient operation and administration.  However, court documents obtained by News 2 show nine different issues where the mayor is meddling in McCain's work.

The documents claim McCain's computers was reconfigured to send information out to recipients not intended or known to McCain.  Also, McCain has asked on 35 different occasions for keys to her desk and filing cabinets.  Those keys still have yet to be provided to McCain since her reinstatement.

Other motions ask for a judge to force the mayor to pay for all of the court costs associated with the ongoing litigation.

News 2 requested an interview with Mayor Deedy Slaughter today.  She turned down our request for an on-camera interview, however, she did meet with me in her office. When asked about the contempt motion, she said McCain's computer was not reconfigured "to her knowledge."  When asked about the keys, Slaughter said McCain could hire a locksmith for that.  McCain denies Slaughter ever told her that, nor does she have the authority to hire a locksmith to come into City Hall and work.

News 2 also asked the Mayor about her trip to Washington DC, where she billed taxpayers $2,400 to see the President's innauguration.  She'd claimed she met with Senator Mary Landrieu for a business discussion, but two weeks ago Landrieu denied ever meeting with Slaughter.  Today, the mayor said "No comment."

When asked about the purchase of a fire department SUV that she refused to approve, despite a contract and purchase order with the state government, Slaughter said "No comment."

We also asked about the letter she sent to the United States Attorney General, alleging racism is the reason why she's dealing with these issues, Slaughter said "It's time for you to leave."

A status conference for the legal issues between McCain and Slaughter has been set for April 30.


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