NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Orleans Parish man who served on a jury in August that acquitted a suspect on cocaine and public intimidation charges is facing allegations that he took a bribe from the defendant and later lied to a state grand jury.
Forty-four-year-old Julius Ford pleaded not guilty Thursday to public bribery and perjury.
Ford told The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1q7aHgj) that the allegations are "a bunch of foolishness."
The allegations filed last month mark the latest turn in the complicated criminal case against Casey Warren. Warren was arrested after searches in 2011 of his car and home allegedly turned up cocaine and a handgun. Warren also was accused of intimidating an officer he accused of stealing home surveillance equipment that would have proven police were lying.
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com