Aaron Broussard

Seven more jurors have been chosen to hear a class-action lawsuit against Jefferson Parish and its former president, Aaron Broussard, for Hurricane Katrina flooding.

The Times-Picayune reports Tuesday's action brings to 12 the number of people empaneled to hear evidence in the case.

Attorneys will return Wednesday for a third day of questioning prospective jurors in an attempt to select four more people who say they can be fair and impartial.

Federal prosecutors argue former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard should be ordered to forfeit more than $230,000 in cash as part of his sentence for pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Broussard is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 25 by U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. The longtime parish president pleaded guilty in September to charges he cheated taxpayers in a payroll fraud scheme and took payoffs from a parish contractor.

Federal prosecutors deny any misconduct in their prosecution of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard. And they say his guilty plea makes his allegation of misconduct legally irrelevant.

Broussard pleaded guilty in September to charges he cheated taxpayers in a payroll fraud scheme and took payoffs from a parish contractor.

Defense attorney Robert Jenkins claims U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office failed to thoroughly investigate the source of alleged leaks to local television stations WVUE-TV and WWL-TV about Broussard's impending indictment.

Federal prosecutors have a Thursday deadline to respond to a defense attorney's claims that the corruption case against former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct.

Robert Jenkins, Broussard's lawyer, claims former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office failed to thoroughly investigate the source of alleged leaks to local television stations WVUE-TV and WWL-TV about Broussard's impending indictment.

Broussard pleads guilty in corruption case

Sep 25, 2012

Aaron Broussard, who rode a populist wave to power as president of Jefferson Parish, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal corruption charges.

The pleas to conspiracy and theft charges resolve a case in which prosecutors charged Broussard abused his power as president of the New Orleans suburb.

He faces up to 15 years imprisonment. Sentencing was set for Feb. 25.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A federal judge has been asked to postpone a sentencing hearing for the ex-wife of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard for her role in a payroll fraud case.

Karen Parker, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 27, pleaded guilty in January to one count of misprision of a felony, or concealing a crime.

In a court filing Monday, federal prosecutors and Parker's defense attorney asked U.S. District Judge Hayden Head to delay her sentencing until November.