New Orleans Mayor Files To Avoid House Arrest In Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says appeals have been filed to prevent him from being placed under weekend house arrest as the result of a decades-old legal dispute with city firefighters.

         City spokesman Brad Howard said petitions were filed with Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and the state Supreme Court to delay the house arrest. Meanwhile, the city is appealing a judge's contempt order, issued last week, that gave Landrieu until 5 p.m. Friday to come up with a suitable plan to pay $75 million owed firefighters.

         Howard says the city is working with a mediator, seeking an agreement with firefighters.

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         Landrieu said last week he was prepared to accept house arrest rather than agree to a payment he said would force huge cuts in city services.

 

 

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