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Some, not all, convictions dumped in La. film credit case

1 year 1 month 1 week ago December 09, 2015 Dec 9, 2015 Wednesday, December 09 2015 December 09, 2015 5:40 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Some, but not all, of the criminal convictions against two men accused of bilking Louisiana's movie production tax credit program have been thrown out by a federal judge.

But that same judge refused Wednesday to grant a new trial on the remaining convictions against New Orleans lawyer Michael Arata and film producer Peter Hoffman.

Hoffman's wife, producer Susan Hoffman, was also convicted in the case and was denied a new trial.

Arata and the Hoffmans each remain convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges - although significantly fewer than they faced after the jury verdicts in April.

Even as he upheld some convictions, Feldman was critical of prosecutors on many aspects of the complicated case. Feldman said the evidence didn't back up the convictions that he threw out.

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