Ex-La. lawmaker asks to remain free on bond

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Louisiana lawmaker has asked to remain free on bond while she petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to review her conviction in a plot to steal more than $1 million from taxpayer-funded charities.

Last month, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt's conviction but vacated her sentence.

In a court filing Monday, her attorney asked U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to refrain from resentencing Gill Pratt while she asks the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Gill Pratt was sentenced to more than seven years in prison following her 2011 conviction for conspiring with relatives of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson to pocket money earmarked for charitable and educational programs.

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