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Defense wants report on ex-prosecutors' posts



NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The defense lawyer for a former New Orleans nonprofit agency director who faces criminal charges wants to see a newly completed justice department report on two former federal prosecutors' online posts.

Federal judges in New Orleans were informed this week that the report and disciplinary process resulting from anonymous online posts by former assistant U.S. attorneys Sal Perricone and Jan Mann have been completed. But justice officials aren't releasing it yet.

On Friday, attorney Edward Castaing asked a judge to let him have a look at the report. Castaing represents Stacey Jackson, who is seeking information on whether federal prosecutors were among those making anonymous comments about her on | The Times Picayune.

Perricone and Mann resigned in 2012 after acknowledging that they had posted anonymous comments about federal cases at a newspaper's website.

Jackson is charged with taking kickbacks from contractors for New Orleans Affordable Housing, an agency she once headed.

NOAH was supposed to provide federally-financed house-gutting services after Hurricane Katrina but news reports in 2008 showed that the work was never completed. The scandal became a major embarrassment for then-Mayor Ray Nagin's administration.

Her case suffered one setback on Friday when a federal judge rejected a defense argument that her June 6, 2013, indictment should be dismissed because it was filed too long after the alleged crimes in 2008. The defense continue to pursue a possible dismissal for prosecutorial misconduct.

While seeking the federal report on the ex-prosecutors' online filings, Jackson's attorneys also have subpoenaed material from Nola.com_The Times-Picayune about online posts. The news agency lost a court battle to avoid turning over the material. Judges have been privately reviewing the material to determine whether government officials were among those who posted items about her case.

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