NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors argue former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin should be barred from trying to persuade jurors that his bribery case has been tainted by prosecutorial misconduct, a strategy his defense attorney is employing.
In a court filing Friday, prosecutors urge U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to rule out any mention of prosecutorial misconduct at Nagin's trial because they say those allegations are irrelevant.
On Thursday, Nagin's attorney, Robert Jenkins, asked Berrigan to postpone his trial indefinitely so he can obtain more information about a Justice Department probe of anonymous online comments posted by federal prosecutors.
Nagin was the subject of some of the anonymous posts by veteran prosecutor Sal Perricone, who was a top deputy to former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. Perricone resigned after acknowledging his online activities.
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