- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney Keith Stutes has dropped a lawsuit he filed to block Lafayette city-parish government from cutting more than $500,000 from his budget.

Local news outlets report the dismissal came as a judge was preparing to hear arguments on whether to void the City-Parish Council’s vote last week to approve the cut.

Stutes and city-parish government have locked horns for several months over what District Attorney’s Office expenses local government is legally mandated to pay, and the dismissal on Tuesday will not likely resolve the core issues.

The council’s vote last week was to cut the current year’s budget for the District Attorney’s Office.

Council Chairman Jay Castille said he and others will meet with the District Attorney’s Office to hash out budget concerns going forward.

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