Fate of EBR Parish Attorney Mary Roper to be decided June 18

Mary Roper at hearing to determine her fate as EBR Parish Attorney
Mary Roper at hearing to determine her fate as EBR Parish Attorney

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council met Wednesday afternoon to vote on whether Parish Attorney Mary Roper will keep her job with the parish; a position she has held for more than 20 years.

However, Roper's first attorney, Craig Fontenot, backed out Tuesday saying he had a conflict of interest. Wade Shows, Roper's new attorney, was retained Tuesday and says he needs more time to prepare.

After a discussion with the council, the hearing has been pushed to June 18, 2014 at 5 p.m.; another two weeks.

Roper was asked to leave earlier this month after an investigation into another city-parish employee who brought up Roper's name in an email

Within that email to the other employee, who is Roper's husband, Roper allegedly included source codes from a city owned software program. Roper maintains her innocence saying she was only registering the copyright for the program and consulting with her husband, whom she claims to be a "very brilliant software developer who the city-parish is lucky to have on the payroll."

Earlier this month, the Council voted 7 to 5 to schedule a hearing where they would decide whether to keep her as Parish Attorney or remover her from the job.

The meeting was held inside the East Baton Rouge Parish Council chambers at City Hall. The official council meeting starts at 4 p.m.

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