Feds Can't Bar Ex-Lawmaker's Testimony In RICO Case

Law360, New York (July 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT) -- A former Louisiana lawmaker accused of racketeering can present evidence that she is a law-abiding citizen who has made a positive impact on her community, after a federal judge on Monday shot down prosecutors' attempts to exclude the testimony.

Renee Gill Pratt, a state representative and councilwoman from 1991 to 2006, is fighting charges that she violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by taking bribes and funneling federal and state grant funds to conspirators including former boyfriend Mose Jefferson, a recently deceased New Orleans...
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