Photos: Mary Roper at 19th District Court

The Baton Rouge Metro Council, like any individual, has the right to fire and hire its own legal representation, an attorney representing the council argued in District Court on Tuesday. But Mary Roper’s attorney argued that the council has deprived the parish attorney of a fair opportunity to refute the allegations against her and appeal to keep her job.

The arguments were made in the 19th District Court before Judge Michael Caldwell, who said he would decide on Friday whether to dismiss Roper’s lawsuit against her bosses on the Metro Council over attempts to remove her from her position as the top governmental lawyer.