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.
An engineering expert has testified he believes excavation work performed by an Army Corps of Engineers contractor caused New Orleans' floodwalls to breach in two places during Hurricane Katrina.
Robert Bea, a retired University of California engineering professor, explained his position Monday during a trial of homeowners' claims against the corps and contractor Washington Group International Inc.
A federal jury has convicted a 61-year-old man accused of shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilot who was providing aerial surveillance as part of a marijuana eradication detail in Winn Parish.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says James L. Kelly, of Sikes, was found guilty Wednesday of endangering the safety of a pilot, committing an act of violence against a pilot and using a deadly and dangerous weapon to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate and interfere with a pilot.
A Metairie man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for defrauding hundreds of investors in a Texas real-estate deal out of millions of dollars.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk also on Thursday ordered Michael B. Smuck to pay more than $789,000 in restitution that he still owes investors. Prosecutors say Smuck already has paid nearly $3 million to one group of investors he bilked.
Smuck, who pleaded guilty in May 2010 to one count of mail fraud, solicited investments in acquiring a Houston apartment complex called Briar Meadows.
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.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:46 pm
Beef Products, Inc., the South Dakota company at the center of a firestorm this spring over its product labeled "pink slime" by critics, announced Thursday it is suing ABC News for defamation and $1.2 billion in damages.
BPI alleges that ABC reporters and hosts made 200 false statements over the course of a month about BPI's product, known in the industry as lean, finely textured beef (LFTB).
A Lake Charles man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million in food stamp benefits.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 46-year-old Vincent Edward DaPrince to 51 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Haik also ordered him to serve 50 hours of community service following his release from prison.
DaPrince pleaded guilty in April to fraud charges.