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Deputy warned after Slaughter exits courthouse through side door

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BATON ROUGE - Embattled Southern University System President received special access to leave the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse today after his hearing in Judge Tim Kelly's courtroom. 

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy was warned not to let Ralph Slaughter out of that door ever again.

Initially, Judge Kelly told News 2 he was concerned a security breach had occurred. However, the Sheriff's Office told News 2 that was not the case. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office said the Slaughters requested access to leave out of the side door after the hearing.

However, leaving out of the courthouse through any door besides the front door surprised Judge Kelly. 

In court, attorneys for the Southern University System argued that Ralph Slaughter should not have transferred all of his assets into his wife's name before a judge ruled that he pay back nearly $475,000 back to the University. It claims that money was fraudulently taken by Slaughter.

"It was wrong," Southern System Attorney Preston Castille said. "It shouldn't have happened. It was a fraudulent transfer, and I think a judge knows it."

Slaughter's attorney, John Mclindon, offered an explanation over his client's actions.

"I can see how somebody would say the timing was bad," Mclindon said. "I can tell you Dr. Slaughter's wife has been contemplating this for a very long time."

The hearing on whether the assets were legitimately transferred was postponed to June 27, after Slaughter's wife didn't bring an attorney to the hearing.

Ralph Slaughter has come into the limelight again recently, after he was appointed by his sister-in-law as the Chief of Staff in Port Allen. Mayor Deedy Slaughter has been the subject of a host of News 2 investigations for raising her salary without council approval and taking a taxpayer-funded trip without any recorded city business occurring.

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