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Jun 17, 2011 9:51 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Monroe councilmen appeal bribery conviction

MONROE, La. (AP) - Two Monroe city councilmen have filed appeals to overturn their bribery and racketeering convictions.
The motions filed in federal court by defense attorneys for Arthur Gilmore and Robert Stevens ask that the men's indictments and convictions be overturned and that a new trial should be granted. The motions contend that the prosecution's star witness, Monroe businessman and developer Eddie Hakim, was not required to mention during the April trial that he and some of his family companies were being investigated for tax fraud.
The News-Star reports the government claimed at trial Stevens and Gilmore attempted to extract bribes of approximately $8,700 in cash, land considerations and "other things of present or prospective value" from Hakim.

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