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Convicted Monroe ex-councilmen request new trial, again

Posted: Updated: Jan 23, 2013 06:30 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Convicted Monroe ex-councilmen Robert "Red" Stevens and Arthur Gilmore want another day in court.

In court documents obtained by KNOE, we found that Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have filed a motion requesting a new trial, again. The ex-councilmen say newly discovered evidence changes everything and the court will now hear their argument in March.

The ex-councilmen were convicted in May of 2011 for bribery and extortion. Four months later, Federal Judge Robbie James granted a retrial, but the ruling was later overturned after the U.S. Attorney's office challenged the motion. Gilmore and Stevens were then sentenced in April of 2012 to three and four years in federal prison. Both men are out on bail, pending an appeal.

But now a new motion has been filed, asking a second time, for a new trial.  According to court documents, in September of 2012, the counsel for the duo was informed that the lead prosecutor on the case, assistant U.S. Attorney Mignonne Griffing had an improper relationship with the lead agent on the case, FBI Special Agent Bill Chesser.

The documents say, no details were given as to what kind of relationship, but the attorneys were told "to assume the worst".  The motion alleges the two were involved in an intimate relationship throughout the investigation and prosecution. As a result, the defendants say a new trial is necessary because both individuals compromised their positions as prosecutor and investigator.

We reached out to both attorneys for comment. One had no comment and the other did not return our call. The hearing for a new trial is March 4th in Shreveport.

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