Federal prosecutors have filed a reduced charge against former Jefferson Parish attorney Thomas Wilkinson in a corruption case that also has resulted in charges against former parish president Aaron Broussard.
Wilkinson faced more serious charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery, before a court filing Wednesday replaced them with a new charge of conspiracy to commit misprision of a felony.
The new charge is contained in a bill of information, which typically signals a plea deal has been reached. Wilkinson's attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.
To see if detained immigrants are being locked up unlawfully for long periods of time, a civil rights group is seeking to get the Vermilion Parish sheriff to turn over documents on immigrants who've been jailed since 2009.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Mike Couvillon Wednesday. The group says the sheriff has refused to hand over the documents, citing privacy concerns.
The group charges sheriff's offices may be holding immigrants longer than federal law permits.
With Aaron Broussard's corruption trial postponed to Nov. 5, federal prosecutors have moved to delay the sentencing of the former Jefferson Parish president's ex-wife and co-defendant, Karen Parker. They are seeking an unspecified date in January.
Parker is listed as a prosecution witness against Broussard and co-defendant Tom Wilkinson. Having cooperating witnesses testify against a co-defendant before the witness' own sentencing is a standard practice with plea agreements such as Parker's, to help ensure they live up to the terms of their agreements.
Officials say repairs to the Mandeville fishing pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Isaac, will take about three months to complete and could cost around $200,000.
Public Works Director David deGeneres tells The Times-Picayune the popular 400-foot pier at Sunset Point on the city's lakefront will remain closed until the repairs are complete.
City officials are hoping that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help pay for the repairs. If federal money is made available, officials say the city would have to pay only 25 percent of the repair costs.
Facebook is taking its campaign to boost organ donations to Canada and Mexico this week, four months after its premiere.
The feature allows Facebook users to tell their friends and family that they're registered organ donors. It also directs people who aren't signed up as organ donors to the official registries where they live.
The headlines on the press releases that started showing up yesterday, here at The Salt certainly got our attention. Just one sample: "BREAKING NEWS: New Study Links Genetically Engineered Food to Tumors."
The Presidential Centennial Guest Series at Loyola University New Orleans will continue next month with New Orleans native and nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis, on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola's main campus.