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Termination hearing for Parish Attorney Mary Roper set to begin Sept. 10

Mary Roper, the attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, arrives at court for a hearing. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB) Mary Roper, the attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, arrives at court for a hearing. (Source: James deGraauw/WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Judge R. Michael Caldwell ruled that East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper's hearing will proceed as scheduled on September 10.

Just last week, Caldwell ruled Roper could continue her lawsuit against the council.

The Metro Council is also cleared to hold a hearing about her job status next month.

Roper filed suit against the entire council on August 12. She was scheduled to have a termination hearing before the Metro Council the next day. However, on the morning of August 13, a judge granted a temporary restraining order on due process grounds only. The TRO postponed the 2 p.m. termination hearing that was set to go before the Metro Council.

Roper came under fire after some members of the Metro Council said they lost confidence in her as parish attorney after an investigation in which officials said she sent an East Baton Rouge Parish-developed computer program to a personal email account.

A hearing before the Metro Council on whether to remove Roper as parish attorney was initially set for June, but was deferred because 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-parish.

However, Roper declined the job and filed the suit.

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