Broussard pleads 'not guilty' to bribery charges
NEW ORLEANS - Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson have pleaded not guilty in connection with new bribery charges filed last week.
Broussard and Wilkinson appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy in an arraignment in New Orleans federal court that lasted about 25 minutes.
The Times-Picayune reports the hearing focused in part on whether Broussard's prostate cancer would delay an Oct. 1 trial date. Broussard told the judge he has had 43 radiation treatments and also has skin cancer, evidenced by the bandage adhered to his right upper cheek.
Last week, Broussard and Wilkinson were charged in a second superseding indictment tied to allegations that Broussard accepted $66,000 in bribes from businessman Bill Mack in exchange for steering work to Mack's firm.