OPP consent decree: Retired judge will work with city, sheriff to resolve funding issues



Sheriff Marlin Gusman wants $40 million from the city of New Orleans in order to improve conditions at Orleans Parish Prison under a pending consent decree. The city thinks that is hilarious.

According to a filing today in the ongoing federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office, retired New Orleans Judge Terry Alarcon has agreed to help the city, Gusman, as well as the plaintiffs in the suit — the U.S. Department of Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center — reach a deal.

Here's the summary of a private status conference held this morning in U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk's chambers:

The Court was advised that the parties require more time to attempt to resolve outstanding issues.

IT IS ORDERED that an additional status conference is scheduled for November 27, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. in the chambers of the undersigned U.S. District Judge. In the interim, Judge Terry Q. Alarcon, with the consent of the parties, has agreed to attempt to facilitate a partial resolution of the issues pending before this Court.

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