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Jury has more questions in Grace trail

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Posted: Mar 2, 2012 12:46 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Mar 2, 2012 12:46 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: George Grace, Judge Maurice Hicks, Operation Blighted Officials, trial, federal trial, racketeering, fraud, bribery, extortion, St. Gabriel

BATON ROUGE-- Jurors in former St. Gabriel mayor George Grace's federal corruption trial sent judge Maurice Hicks a question Friday morning at 10:07. They wanted to know if they all must agree on all paragraphs in count 8 of Grace's indictment.

Grace faces 13 counts of extortion, bribery, fraud and racketeering. The feds say Grace exchanged his official position as mayor for more than $16,000 in bribes.

Count 8 is a bribery count. Outlined in the paragraphs jurors asked about, the government says Grace told undercover FBI agent William Myles, who he believed to be a corrupt businessman, that Myles must buy Grace's private land before he could buy city land. According to the indictment, Grace told Myles he would give Myles a discount on the city land: Grace's land would sell for $10,000 per lot, and the city's land would go for $7,000 per lot.

Also in those paragraphs, Grace is accused of writing a backdated letter to a bank. He's also accused of telling Myles not to talk in his car, because the feds say Grace was afraid the car was bugged.

Hicks told jurors they do not have to all agree on all paragraphs to return a verdict.

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