Just days after former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was convicted in a lengthy trial of selling his influence, his brother, Mose Jefferson, must convince a Louisiana jury that he did not accept bribes as a former Orleans Parish School Board president. His attorneys, who head to court today, are asking U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to either delay the trial or move it from New Orleans because of the publicity generated in the conviction of William Jefferson. In that case, the jury handed down 11 convictions against the ex-congressman, who was discovered with $90,000 dollars in his apartment freezer. Lemmon previously denied the request to move the trial, saying that potential bias would come out during the jury questioning period. Earlier, nearly a third of the jury pool were dismissed after bias was revealed in their written questionnaires, defense attorney Michael Fawer told The Times Picayune.
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