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Jul 20, 2010 9:24 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Judge: Noose Lawsuit to Go Forward

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state judge has ruled a lawsuit that
accuses a Baton Rouge man of putting a hangman's noose in a black
colleague's work area in 2008 can moved forward.
State District Judge Mike Caldwell rejected arguments on Monday
from attorneys for Reggie Parent and GeoEngineers Inc. that
Reginald Drummer's suit did not state a cause of action.
Caldwell, however, agreed with a defense argument that Drummer's
suit is vague and he gave Drummer's attorney time to amend the
suit.
Parent was arrested under state's new anti-noose law that took
effect in August 2008.
Parent has not been formally charged by
prosecutors or a grand jury.
The suit contends Drummer sustained emotional injuries and
monetary losses, and seeks an unspecified amount of damages.
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