03 November 2006

bob odoms reversal of fortune

La Supreme Court reinstates case against Ag commissioner
11/3/2006, 3:16 p.m. CT
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom is again facing theft, bribery and money laundering charges in a 2002 case revived Friday by the state Supreme Court.

Throwing out lower court rulings, the high court said the time limit for prosecuting Odom in the complex case had not expired and the state still has one year to bring him to trial.

A state grand jury indicted Odom in August 2002 on 21 counts that included extortion, bribery and money laundering.

Odom was accused of accepting bribes from a warehouse owner who wanted food-storage contracts, planting state-owned pine seedlings on his own property and using campaign money for personal expenses after laundering it through a Zachary church. Odom has consistently maintained his innocence. He was not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon.
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