Gill Pratt allowed to remain free on bond

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to let a former Louisiana lawmaker 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.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle also agreed Friday to refrain from resentencing former state Rep.

Renee Gill Pratt while she asks the Supreme Court to hear the case. Prosecutors had opposed the request, made by Gill Pratt's attorney.

In August, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Gill Pratt's conviction but vacated her sentence. Lemelle sentenced Gill Pratt 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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