Covering Louisiana

May 15, 2014 6:29 AM by AP

Ex-official: Dismiss charges because of Web posts

The indicted former director of a nonprofit housing agency in New Orleans is going to court to claim her charges should be dismissed because of racially tinged remarks on a newspaper's website.

Stacey Jackson's Thursday hearing is expected to focus on the once-anonymous remarks now attributed to former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone.

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

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

Her defense lawyer says the charges should be dismissed because of Perricone's comments about the Jackson case on the newspaper website - including remarks about black-on-black crime and corrupt African-American officials.

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