- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Fifteenth Judicial District Attorney Keith Stutes has filed a lawsuit against Lafayette Consolidated Government to prevent funding cuts to the District Attorney’s Office.

News outlets report that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday and seeks to force the city-parish government to pay the money, which is supposed to fund salaries and other expenses. The lawsuit also seeks to prohibit the city-parish government from demanding reimbursement from the District Attorney’s Office for certain expenses.

Under a proposed budget measure up for vote next month, the District Attorney’s office faces about $650,000 in cuts.

Stutes argues that the government is required under state law to fund the office. He says the government shouldn’t off-load its budget issues on to the District Attorney’s Office.

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