Court hearing scheduled for Jenkins’ mall annexation lawsuit

A court hearing is set for Monday afternoon in the lawsuit filed by former state lawmaker Woody Jenkins challenging the recent annexation of the Mall of Louisiana and two nearby hospitals into the city of Baton Rouge.

Court records show the hearing, a status conference, is set for 1 p.m. in front of state District Judge Janice Clark.

Jenkins sued the city and the Metro Council last week claiming that the annexation complicates law enforcement duties between the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and “fails to meet the requirements of reasonableness” necessary for annexation because the area excludes anchor stores at the mall and was drawn around other properties. The annexation was prompted by the movement to create the breakaway city of St. George in the southern part of the parish.

The proposed city of St. George isn’t mentioned in the lawsuit, which was filed June 12.