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Slaughter loses lawsuit against Southern

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University's former system president lost his wrongful termination lawsuit against the board of supervisors Thursday.

A district court judge called testimony from former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter the "least credible" he has ever heard.

Slaughter filed the lawsuit after the Board of Supervisors voted not to renew his contract earlier this year.

District Judge Tim Kelly did not mince words when he issued his ruling, saying after his dismissal, Slaughter emptied his office and stadium suite of just about everything that was not nailed down.

Judge Kelly also said Slaughter created chaos when he took those things, therefore Southern's failure to pay his unused vacation and sick leave was justified.  Kelly also ruled that Slaughter is not entitled to penalties or attorney fees.

Southern's Attorney Lewis Unglesby compared the courthouse to a church and its pastor.  "This is the people's church and when you want to come into it with dirty hands and poor motives, the preacher might get discouraged with you," said Unglesby.

"This is part of the ball game," said Jill Craft, Slaughter's attorney. "He stood up in 2007 about illegal harassment at that university.  They tried to smack him down then he stood up again.  We'll live to fight another day."

Judge Kelly ended his ruling, saying a dark era at Southern University passed when Dr. Slaughter finally left the campus.

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