Lafayette

Mar 26, 2013 8:43 AM by AP

Suspect in bribery case released pending trial

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A key figure in the federal investigation of bribery in the Lafayette court system has been released pending trial with orders to have no contact with any witnesses in the case.

The Advocate reports a federal grand jury in February indicted 64-year-old Robert Williamson, of Lafayette, on counts of conspiracy, bribery and making a false statement to a federal agent.

Williamson made an initial appearance on the charges Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna, who allowed Williamson to remain free on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

Williamson is the sixth person charged in the ongoing federal investigation.

The five others all have pleaded guilty in agreements that call for them to cooperate with federal authorities.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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