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Jan 23, 2011 1:59 PM by Chris Welty

Ethics Charges Dropped

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Board of Ethics has dismissed
 charges that former Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus retaliated
against three employees because they were "whistle-blowers."
According to Saturday's Times, Mike Dupree, deputy general
counsel for the board, said a higher standard of proof required for
convicting public officials of ethics violations led the board to
dismiss the charges.
Andrus fired business manager Willie Mabry and town clerk Pam
Stringfellow and suspended Police Chief Tommy Clark. All the
actions came amid a battle between the mayor and the City Council
that involved allegations of embezzlement of more than $50,000 by
an employee and malfeasance by the mayor.
The three were reinstated but new Mayor Ed Jones replaced Mabry
when he took office earlier this month.

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