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Ex-lawmaker's corruption case ends in mistrial

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Posted: Feb 24, 2011 3:04 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2011 3:04 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Lawmaker, Corruption, Case, Mistrial, Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case against a former Louisiana lawmaker charged with conspiring to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in government
grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs in New Orleans.

The deadlocked jurors who heard the case against former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt deliberated for about 30 hours over five days before U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle declared a mistrial
Thursday.

It wasn't immediately clear whether prosecutors will seek to retry Gill Pratt, who was charged with conspiring with relatives of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson to misappropriate grant money meant to help pregnant teens, at-risk youths and other needy residents.

Three of Jefferson's relatives already have pleaded guilty in the case.

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