MONROE, LA (AP) - Some Monroe residents are voicing support for two councilmen indicted on charges they accepted bribes and promised an unnamed source favorable outcomes from the council.
Michelle Johnson told The News Star she and other residents want to start a coalition in support of council chairman Robert "Red" Stevens. He and Councilman Arthur Gilmore were recently indicted on the federal charges. Johnson says both men have helped the community.
Stevens and Gilmore are not required to resign from their posts on the Monroe City Council.
Charles Kincade, the defense attorney for Gilmore, says the indictment is merely an accusation. Carey Underwood, the attorney for Stevens, could not be reached for comment.
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