Judge issues TRO, postponing Mary Roper termination hearing

Judge issues TRO, postponing Mary Roper termination hearing

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Court officials said the termination hearing for East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper, which was scheduled for Wednesday, has been moved to a later date.

Judge R. Michael Caldwell granted a temporary restraining order on due process grounds only. The hearing was supposed to happen at 2 p.m. A hearing before Caldwell is now scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on August 26.

The judge's actions are on the heels of Roper filing a lawsuit against every member of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council. The suit was filed in 19th Judicial District Court on Tuesday.

Back in June, a hearing was set on whether to remove Roper as parish attorney, but was deferred as Roper struck a deal to take over as legal counsel for the Retirement System Office.

The job would have allowed her to keep her retirement with the city. She was offered the position of retirement system counselor after an investigation in which officials say she sent an East Baton Rouge Parish-developed computer program to a personal email account.

Tuesday, however, Roper said she has declined the job and has filed suit.

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