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Jul 12, 2011 10:10 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Judge: Gill Pratt trial to last 2-3 weeks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says a retrial of an associate of William Jefferson, the longtime New Orleans congressman convicted in 2009 on corruption charges in a wide-ranging probe of his African business ties, could last two to three weeks.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle said he expected the trial of Renee Gill Pratt to take two to three weeks.
Jury selection started Monday and continued into Tuesday.
Gill Pratt, a former city councilwoman and state representative, is accused of conspiring with members of Jefferson's family to loot more than $1 million from sham charities run with taxpayer money.
Gill Pratt avoided conviction in February after jurors in her first trial were unable to reach a verdict on a single racketeering charge.

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