Judge refuses to postpone Mose Jefferson's bribery trial
by The Associated Press
Thursday June 25, 2009, 1:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has refused to postpone a trial in the bribery case against the brother of a former Louisiana congressman.
U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon's ruling Wednesday could result in a scheduling conflict: Mose Jefferson's bribery trial is scheduled to start Aug. 10; his trial for a separate racketeering conspiracy case is set for Aug. 3.
Jefferson, brother of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, is charged with bribing a former New Orleans school board president for support in awarding school contracts for a computer-based system he helped sell.
In the racketeering case, Mose Jefferson is charged with conspiring with his girlfriend and two of his relatives to pocket grant money earmarked for charitable programs.