Still no jury in final ‘Blighted Official’ case

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 6:35pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Today was the second day of jury selection in the final "Operation: Blighted Officials" trial. It's been two days and there's still no jury in the case against ex-St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace.

Grace is accused of taking bribes to bring a fake garbage can cleaning company named Cipher 5000 to the city. He's also alleged to have taken bribes in several real estate deals in the city.

Additionally, Grace is accused of attempting to extort a Houston businessman to develop a trailer park for Hurricane Katrina. In all, he's facing eleven separate counts and is looking at 180 years begins bars and $2.75 million in fines.

Five of the other "Blighted Officials" have been convicted. The lone exception is White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown.

His brother, former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown and EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden are possible witnesses in the case.

The case is expected to last up to three weeks.


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