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  • "You're shaking hands with crooks." — Former Jefferson Parish president Aaron Broussard outside federal court Sept. 25, shaking the hand of a tourist who had approached him, asking why he was being pursued by news photographers. Broussard had just pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption — instead of the 27 counts he would have faced at trial. He will be sentenced in February.

  • "It's why I came down here, because it's such a robust environment for public corruption." — Michael J. Anderson, who was named special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans division in July. At a press conference after the Broussard pleading, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said, "We are exposing and facing down corruption. We are becoming a very attractive place to do business."


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