July 1, 2011 –St. Bernard Parish filed for a stay of the federal court order to allow electrical hookups and to provide permits for a controversial mixed income housing development — a move that was immediately rejected.
It was not clear late Friday afternoon whether parish officials had complied with Thursday’s order, which had set a deadline of 3 p.m. and warned of steep fines for failure to comply.
In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan held the parish in contempt for its failure to abide by an earlier court directive, and warned that it risked a fine of $10,000 for each day that it disobeyed Thursday’s order.
Parish leaders have said they would not authorize power to the properties because the sites did not have valid building permits. They have vigorously denied allegations that their opposition has been racially motivated.
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