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Ascension leader indicted for bribing man to quit election

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and a Gonzales businessman face charges that they tried to bribe a man to drop out of a Gonzales City Council race last year.

The men were indicted Friday, each on one count of offering something of value to get a candidate to withdraw from an election. Attorney General Jeff Landry says Matassa and Olin Berthelot offered A. Wayne Lawson money and a government job to drop out.

Matassa defense lawyer Lewis Unglesby tells The Advocate ( that Landry's prosecution is political and disputes whether Matassa violated any law. He also claims the law that Matassa is charged with violating is unconstitutional.

Unglesby says Matassa has already turned himself in and posted $5,000 bail. A defense lawyer for Bethelot says his client will do likewise.

Information from: The Advocate,

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