Broussard seeks recusal of local U.S. Attorney's Office from case

Broussard seeks recusal of local U.S. Attorney's Office from case

Broussard seeks recusal of local U.S. Attorney's Office from case

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 6:22 PM

Brendan McCarthy / Eyewitness News
Email: bmccarthy@wwltv.com | Twitter: @bmccarthyWWL

NEW ORLEANS - Aaron Broussard, the felonious former president of Jefferson Parish, is trying to get prosecutors from the local U.S. Attorney’s office tossed from his case.

In court documents filed Monday, Broussard alleges broad prosecutorial misconduct and seeks to disqualify the local U.S. Attorney’s office from his legal matter.

Broussard, who pleaded guilty months ago to corruption charges, had previously sought for the recusal of then-U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and his prosecutors.

Now, Broussard uses more ammunition in making his claim, namely the online posting revelations surrounding Jan Mann, the former top deputy for Letten.

Broussard’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, did not respond this afternoon to a request for comment.

Broussard, in the most recent court filings, is asking 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.

Broussard cites Mann’s investigation into media leaks and anonymous online postings by prosecutors, a troubled probe now under further federal scrutiny since Mann, herself, was filing Internet postings.

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. Last month, then-U.S. Attorney Jim Letten issued a letter to Judge Hayden Head, denying media leaks but acknowledging that Mann, his top deputy, had been using an online pseudonym to post comments about cases at NOLA.com. Mann, along with her husband, Jim, retired from the U.S. Attorney’s office, a spokeswoman confirmed earlier today.

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