U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr. has postponed Aaron Broussard's trial until Nov. 5, giving the former Jefferson Parish president an extra month to prepare his defense against corruption charges. Trial had been scheduled Oct. 1.
The Times-Picayune reports Head did not go as far as the defense had wanted, to Jan. 7.
Broussard and co-defendant Tom Wilkinson, his former parish attorney, sought the delay because of Hurricane Isaac damage to the Mandeville home of Wilkinson's attorney. The government did not oppose Jan. 7, defense attorneys said, but Head settled on Nov. 5.
Broussard and Wilkinson have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, bribery, theft and wire fraud charges stemming from Broussard's 2004-10 administration.