Slaughter v. McCain trial pushed back: judge dismisses most claims
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — Tuesday it was back to court for recalled Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter, and a woman she fired when she was still in office.
When a judge told the women they need to work it out "outside" his courtroom.
"No regrets at all," said former Mayor, Deedy Slaughter.
Deedy Slaughter fired Audrey McCain. McCain says it was illegal, so she sued Slaughter.
In the time since McCain filed her suit, Port Allen voters decided to fire slaughter from her job.
"Hopefully this will be the end of it all," noted Slaughter.
It's a set of circumstances that put Port Allen in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
"It is what it is at the end of the day I have to continue to move on."
Audrey McCain is back at her job and there's a new mayor. Tuesday, a judge basically said it's time to move on. After nearly a year of preparation, McCain’s lawyers were disappointed the trial is now at a standstill.
"They punted; is a delay tactic," said one of McCain’s lawyers, Seth Dornier.
McCain was suing slaughter for varieties of reasons that were all thrown out by the judge who says; right now he'll only listen to her claims of emotional distress.
"All of the claims are still viable,” noted Dornier. “They are still there we just need to make them more specific."
Now, Slaughter is all smiles. What was supposed to be a three-day trial is cut short and Port Allen's city attorney says that's great news.
"It’s a good day for the citizens and the tax payers,” says Port Allen attorney, J. Arthur Smith. “Its clear there will not be a large judgment that the tax payers will have to satisfy."
Port Allen’s city attorney says, this first step is a win for the city.
“I mean people have bosses that they don’t like everyday and that doesn't mean they can run to court and get a big judgment against their employer because they have had a bad time with their boss," noted Smith.
Audrey McCain's attorneys have two weeks to modify their arguments, and get them back to the judge. Both slaughter and McCain have to be back in court September 16th.