Prosecutors' web posts at issue again in politician's appeal of conviction in charity scandal

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NEW ORLEANS — A woman who served in Louisiana's state House and the New Orleans City Council before being convicted of corruption in 2011 is seeking a new trial at a federal appeals court.

Renee Gill Pratt is serving a prison sentence of four years and two months. She was convicted in a plot to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities. She reported to prison last year. Her appeal was set to be heard Tuesday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her attorney says the case was tainted by the once-anonymous online comments of a former federal prosecutor.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone resigned in 2012 after it was revealed that he was the source of anonymous online comments on various cases.

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