Drew Broach has the skinny on today’s festivities scheduled in Judge Head’s courtroom including new business with the newly flipped former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson. Also on tap are change of venue and Broussard’s earlier motion to have the bulk of his indictment tossed.
That said I want to talk 404 and not the internet variety, rather I’d like to take a second to address rule 404b, Federal Rules of Evidence and those recent motions made under that rule specifying evidence of other crimes involving Aaron Broussard including his use of his property in Nova Scotia Canada at the resort at Trout Point as a conduit for bribery. Saturday, Drew Broach checked in with news Team Broussard had filed their reply to the government’s rule 404b notice, linking the salient Broussard pleading, which came to me via email with the following comment from an attorney not affiliated with the case:
As far as legal brief writing, this pleading is D, maybe D-, work. Poor grammar, syntax and typos abound. It’s also hard to understand the presentation of the case law that is supposed to be supportive of AB’s position.
What I thought was interesting was on page 2 of the brief Team Broussard summarized the “other criminal acts” mentioned in the US Attorney’s motion but spent the rest of the brief trying to debunk the campaign contribution and ethics board investigations without mentioning Broussard’s property in Nova Scotia again until the last paragraph of the brief. My experience reading legal briefs is that is often what is not mentioned that is important as I reckon Team Broussard had nothing substantive to use to debunk the U.S. Attorney’s allegations that Broussard used his property in Nova Scotia as a conduit for bribery. Something tells me Bill Mack will be able to elaborate greatly on this topic in 6 weeks or so.
I’ll step out and predict that Broussard’s motion to have the bulk of his indictment tossed will be denied as will his efforts to suppress the prosecution’s use of rule 404b, evidence of other crimes. The change of venue motion filed by Broussard has the best chance of the bunch as the media coverage of Broussard era graft will be on display today in Judge Head’s courtroom.