Mayor Can't Dodge Embezzlement Rap Over Katrina Grant

Law360, New York (April 30, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT) -- A federal judge Tuesday declined to toss the conviction of an Alabama mayor convicted of embezzling money from a $15.7 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant meant for Hurricane Katrina victims.

U.S. District Judge Kristi K. DuBose said U.S. government evidence was sufficient for a jury to convict former Bayou La Batre Mayor Stanley Marshall Wright on charges that he misappropriated the federal funds, which had been designated to provide housing for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Judge DuBose also declined Wright’s motion for a new trial, according...
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