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Aug 16, 2011 10:53 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

New evidence recorded in councilmen's hearing

MONROE, La. (AP) - New evidence has been introduced in U.S. District Court for suspended Monroe City Councilmen Robert Stevens and Arthur Gilmore.
The News-Star reports the new evidence, submitted Monday in the form of affidavits by defense attorneys, pertains to the IRS investigation of local businessman and developer Eddie Hakim, the prosecution's lead witness.
Hakim testified he paid the men for favors from the council. The pair was suspended from the council after being convicted in May on charges of racketeering and bribery.
Defense attorneys filed motions in June asking for an acquittal or new trial based on new information that Hakim was being investigated for tax fraud.
If the judge denies the motion for an acquittal or a new trial, the sentencing is set for Sept. 14.

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