Judge won't appoint 'receiver' for Orleans jail

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a motion to appoint an independent operator for the New Orleans jail. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration had urged U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to appoint a "receiver" to run the jail in place of Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

That motion came amid continuing arguments between Landrieu and Gusman over who should pay for court-ordered jail reforms.

Africk's Tuesday ruling says appointing a receiver is a drastic step. However, he did not preclude the city from pursing the issue again later. In a related matter, attorneys for prisoners filed court documents Wednesday seeking to have Gusman pay legal costs in the case.

Their proposed order does not specify an amount but documents well over $1 million in attorney fees and expenses.

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