Wright's Lawyer Argues for a New Trial

Wright's Lawyer Argues for a New Trial

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 Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright was convicted in federal court of theft and conspiracy for a crooked land deal on March 1.

Wright was also convicted of witness intimidation, primarily involving Bayou La Batre police Captain Darryl Wilson. Prosecutors argued and a jury agreed that Wright removed Wilson from a federal drug task force because he had spoken to investigators looking into the mayor's use of post Katrina funds.

Wright's attorney now wants the conviction thrown out and a new trial ordered. The basis for his argument - emails he received, after the trial, from a former d-e-a agent.

Wright's attorney Arthur Madden claims emails from DEA Agent Greg Borland indicate Wilson's work with the drug task force had already conclude and therefore Wright did not remove him from the job in retaliation.

Madden also argues prosecutors intentionally withheld this e-mail evidence.

Prosecutors though say the e-mails actually don't indicate that Wilson's work with the task force had concluded.

They say Madden could have called the DEA agent to the stand during the trial but chose not to, and that Wright's actions toward Wilson were still intimidating and threatening…..

Federal Judge Kristi DuBose could rule as early as next week whether Wright will get a new trial.

If there is no re-trial, Wright faces 20 years in prison when sentenced this summer.

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