Prosecutors' website scandal revived in imprisoned official's appeal

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NEW ORLEANS — The lawyer for a former Louisiana public official now serving prison time is taking the case to a federal appeals court with arguments that revive an online-posting scandal that led to the resignation of a popular U.S. attorney.

Aaron Broussard is the former president of Jefferson Parish, which borders New Orleans. He pleaded guilty to payroll fraud and bribery in 2012.

In an appeal set for a Tuesday hearing at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Broussard's defense claims he was denied effective counsel because his lawyer at the time didn't know the extent of misconduct by prosecutors.

That misconduct included alleged anonymous comments posted online about Broussard's case by assistant U.S. attorneys. They subsequently resigned as did their boss, Jim Letten.

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