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Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
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Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has been banned for life from practicing law following his felony conviction. The state Supreme Court ordered the ban as part of its acceptance of Broussard's voluntary resignation from the bar.

The high court also temporarily suspended the law license of Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson, Broussard's co-defendant in the federal corruption case. The interim suspension will be followed by disciplinary proceedings against Wilkinson, but the court did not close the window on future re-instatement.

Broussard and Wilkinson are awaiting sentencing for their roles in a hiring-and-promotion scheme in which the pair used their power to hire Broussard's-then-wife Karen Parker to a high-paying paralegal job for which she did not qualify and did not perform.

Separately, Broussard pleaded guilty to taking bribes from communications contractor Bill Mack. Mack and Parker also pleaded guilty in the case, along with former Jefferson Parish Chief Administrative Officer Tim Whitmer.

All five defendants are awaiting sentencing.

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