Jul 12, 2011 10:01 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Prosecutors want judge to deny new trial

MONROE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked federal judge to deny motions for a new trial for suspended Monroe City Councilmen Robert Stevens and Arthur Gilmore.
The News-Star reports the U.S. Attorney's Office submitted the motion electronically Saturday.
Defense attorneys for Stevens and Gilmore filed motions last month asking for an acquittal or a new trial based on new evidence that the prosecution's star witness, local businessman and developer Eddie Hakim, was being investigated for tax fraud during the same time he was reportedly recording meetings and phone calls with the councilmen.
Prosecutors say Hakim did not know that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating him until the defense attorneys filed the motions last month.
The two councilmen were convicted in May on charges of racketeering and bribery.


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