Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update: New Orleans DA's office saga nears resolution

Turns out that no one wants to be without the District Attorney's office in New Orleans.

The Associated Press reports that the city and state of Louisiana will pay the majority of a $3.4 million judgment against the DA's office. The judgment was awarded to 36 employees (35 white and one Hispanic) who were fired shortly after Eddie Jordan took over in 2003.

As the AP puts it:

The district attorney's office, with a $12 million annual budget, had struggled to find a way to pay the judgment while the city and state argued over who has responsibility for the office.

[Mayor Ray]Nagin had earlier resisted bailing the district attorney's office out, saying it would set a dangerous precedent, but he said this deal avoids that. "The city is advancing the money to the district attorney's office," Nagin said. "They will pay us back."

You can read my original post on the situation here.

-JACKIE SAUTER, Multimedia Editor

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