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May 15, 2014 5:44 PM by AP

Ex-official: Dismiss charges because of Web posts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The lawyer for an indicted former director of a nonprofit housing agency in New Orleans has told a judge that her charges should be dismissed because of racially tinged remarks on a newspaper's website.

Thursday's hearing focused on the once-anonymous remarks of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone.

Perricone resigned in 2012 after news surfaced of his online posts.

Stacey Jackson is charged with taking kickbacks from contractors for New Orleans Affordable Housing, an agency she once headed.

Her defense lawyer said charges should be dismissed because of Perricone's newspaper website comment - including remarks about black-on-black crime and corrupt African-American officials.

Prosecutors said Perricone was not part of the Jackson prosecution, and that there is no evidence his remarks influenced the grand jury that charged her.

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