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Battle continues over Orleans jail funding

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - An attorney for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu heavily criticized Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman in federal court, saying the sheriff does not appear to be "genuinely interested" in fulfilling a court-mandated overhaul of Orleans Parish Prison.

Attorney Harry Rosenberg said Thursday Gusman does not deserve additional funding from the city until he can show he is fiscally responsible.

Blake Arcuri, an attorney for Gusman, took issue with the suggestion that no progress is being made, and he assured U.S. District Judge Lance Africk the sheriff has "no intention of bankrupting the city."

In a related development, the New Orleans district attorney said in a news release that he has been working with Gusman to investigate how a cache of cellphones got into the jail.

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