Judge refuses to delay Mose Jefferson's bribery trial
by The Associated Press
Thursday July 16, 2009, 1:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has refused to postpone a bribery trial for a former Louisiana congressman's brother until after his trial for a separate racketeering conspiracy case.
Mose Jefferson's trial on charges he bribed a former New Orleans school board president for her support in awarding a school contract is scheduled to start Aug. 10.
In a court filing Wednesday, Jefferson's attorney said former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt would be a key witness for Jefferson's defense in the bribery case, but she is unable to testify because she also has been charged in the racketeering case and is awaiting a trial of her own.
U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon didn't explain Wednesday why she denied Jefferson's request for a delay.