A federal judge has given prosecutors until tomorrow to answer claims of misconduct by former Jefferson Parish Parish President Aaron Broussard, who has pleaded guilty to corruption charges and is awaiting sentencing.
Broussard filed a motion last month alleging a wide array of prosecutorial misconduct in his case, and sought to disqualify the local U.S. Attorney’s office from the proceedings.
Judge Hayden Head has ruled that the government has a deadline of Thursday to respond to Broussard’s motion, according to court records.
Broussard had asked for an evidentiary hearing to determine the “the extent of the Government’s prosecutorial misconduct.” He alleges “deliberate, deceptive actions and perjured testimony” on the part of prosecutors, and claims they violated his rights to due process.
Among his allegations, Broussard cited the online commenting scandal that led to the recent ouster of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Broussard pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud, theft and conspiracy. He acknowledged taking bribes and creating a bogus job for his girlfriend. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.