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.
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.