Landrieu reacts as US chides sheriff over New Orleans jail
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office issued a brief and subdued response to the latest court filing in a years-long effort to reform the city's jail.
The Justice Department and lawyers for inmates asked a federal judge Monday to have a third party take over operations of the jail from Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
Landrieu's administration had urged such action in 2013, when Landrieu and Gusman were feuding publicly over jail operations. The judge declined to order the takeover then.
On Monday, Landrieu's office issued a news release saying the latest court filing speaks for itself, and that a competently run jail is in the best interest of taxpayers and the public.