Judge dissolves restraining order against whistle blowers

Published: Aug. 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Federal Judge James Brady has ruled the federal court does not have jurisdiction in the case of two whistle blowers accused of stealing documents related to a flood-elevation program.

Judge Brady dissolved his temporary restraining order against the two whistle blowers who were state contract workers assigned to the Shaw Group.

After the ruling from Judge Brady Wednesday, an attorney representing the state said the state will no longer pursue charges against the two whistle blowers and will not continue with efforts to try to force them to return the documents.   Jill Craft, the attorney for the two whistle blowers, says she will provide copies of the documents for the state but her clients will keep the documents they have.

The state also dismissed a contempt-of-court motion against Craft.

The whistle blowers shared the documents with the 9News I-TEAM.  The documents appear to show that certain contractors taking part in the home elevation program were raising their prices after getting homeowner signatures on contract to do the work.   The whistle blowers also allege at least one state worker received cash and jewelry from contractors related to the program.

Two state workers who oversee the program have been placed on leave while the investigation continues into the allegations of wrongdoing that the whistle blowers brought to light.

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