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City of N.O. accuses Sheriff Gusman of ignoring the law in effort to open jail

The city insists it's the law that a plan be in place to house all prisoners before permits are issued that will allow the sheriff's office to begin moving inmates. (FOX 8 Photo) The city insists it's the law that a plan be in place to house all prisoners before permits are issued that will allow the sheriff's office to begin moving inmates. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The City of New Orleans accuses Sheriff Marlin Gusman of ignoring the law in an attempt to open a new jail facility.

The accusation follows a move by the Sheriff's Office to file contempt of court paperwork against the city. 

The sheriff's office filed the paperwork because the city has not issued a certificate of occupancy for the new jail.

"If the mayor and the city are purposefully delaying the opening of this building by a day, they are risking a massive waste of taxpayer money, letting more than 1,000 city inmates be transferred to other facilities throughout Louisiana and assuming the costs for doing so," attorney for the Sheriff's Office James M. Williams said.

The city insists it's the law that a plan be in place to house all prisoners before permits are issued that will allow the sheriff's office to begin moving inmates.

"A consent judgment was put in place to ensure that the Sheriff would follow City law.  Instead, the Sheriff is using this judgment to continue to flout the law. We encourage the Sheriff to focus on getting the jail in compliance with the law, so that it can open as quickly as possible," Mayor Mitch Landrieu Press Secretary Brad Howard said.

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