NEW ORLEANS—A federal appeals court has ruled thatprosecutors can question longtime political operative MoseJefferson about his bribery convictions if he testifies during histrial in a separate racketeering case.
Wednesday's ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saysU.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle abused his discretion when hebarred any mention of Jefferson's convictions during the trial.
A trial for Jefferson - a brother of former Congressman WilliamJefferson - and former state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt was scheduled tostart Monday. Lemelle agreed to postpone it until after the 5thCircuit's ruling.
Jefferson and Gill Pratt are charged with conspiring to stealhundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant moneyearmarked for charitable and education programs.