Broussard wants corruption trial out of Orleans

Sep 6, 2012

Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has asked a federal judge to move his corruption trial out of New Orleans, saying extensive media coverage could prejudice jurors.

The Times-Picayune reports that prosecutors have not responded to the request filed the motion Aug. 31. Trial is scheduled Oct. 1 before U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr.

Broussard was parish president from 2004 to 2010. A 27-count indictment charges him and former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson with conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and theft. Both have pleaded innocent.

Broussard's chief administrative officer, Tim Whitmer, Broussard's ex-wife, Karen Parker, and Kenner businessman Bill Mack have pleaded guilty.

Veteran attorney Arthur "Buddy" Lemann III, who is not involved in the case, says it's extremely difficult to get a change of venue in federal court.