A Dauphin County judge sided with the Harrisburg, Pa., controller and treasurer in a dispute with Mayor Linda Thompson over the right to authorize electronic payroll.

Lawrence Clark of the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday sided with Controller Dan Miller, allowing him to approve or suspend individual direct-deposit payments. Miller on Friday accused Thompson of waging “a long, futile and wasteful legal battle to prevent the controller’s office from determining whether city employees were appropriately budgeted and paid.”

Thompson’s attorney, Kenneth Lee, said Miller’s motives were political. He accused Miller of “displaying an attitude that will probably land him back in court again.”

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