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Ex- lawmaker ordered to prison; seeks new trial

11 months ago May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014 Thursday, May 22 2014 Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:29:54 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans City Council member and ex-state legislator - Renee Gill Pratt - has been ordered to report June 30 to start serving four years and two months in federal prison.

Pratt had remained free while pursuing appeals of her 2011 conviction in a plot to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle on Wednesday ordered her to prison after trimming her original seven-year sentence.

On Thursday, her lawyer filed papers to have her conviction thrown out. It's another case in which a defendant claims a case was tainted by the online comments of former prosecutor Sal Perricone.

Perricone resigned in 2012 after it was revealed that he was the source of anonymous online comments on various cases.

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