Ex-official's appeal based on feds' posting scandal fails
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has rejected a former New Orleans-area official's claim that his guilty plea to corruption in 2012 deserves another look because of an online posting scandal that disrupted the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard on Wednesday, only a day after a three-judge panel heard arguments.
Broussard pleaded guilty in 2012 in a federal payroll fraud and bribery case. His appeal was based on the claim that, when he entered his plea, he didn't know the extent of a scandal involving anonymous online postings by two prosecutors. On appeal, he said that such knowledge might have affected the plea bargain.
The appeal was rejected in a brief, unsigned opinion.