Renee Gill Pratt Asks Judge To Acquit Her
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana lawmaker whose corruption trial ended with a deadlocked jury is asking a federal judge to acquit her of a charge she conspired to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs.
A court filing Monday by a lawyer for former state Representative Renee Gill Pratt asks U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to dismiss the indictment against her. Prosecutors didn't immediately respond in writing to the filing.
Gill Pratt's attorney, Michael Fawer, argues that prosecutors presented no evidence that she knew grant money was being misappropriated.
Three relatives of former Congressman William Jefferson pleaded guilty to related charges. Two of them testified against Gill Pratt in the case, which ended with a mistrial. Prosecutors plan to retry Gill Pratt.