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KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press
    
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers for the indicted former director of a New Orleans nonprofit agency want more material from a news agency about anonymous online posts.
    
Stacey Jackson's lawyers want more material from NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune as they seek dismissal of charges for possible prosecutorial misconduct. Jackson is charged with taking kickbacks from contractors for New Orleans Affordable Housing, an agency she once headed.
    
The news agency, after losing earlier court battles, had already turned over materials about two anonymous posters who commented on Jackson's case on NOLA.com while using the names "Aircheck" and "Jammer1954." After reviewing the records privately, judges found that "Jammer" was not a government official. Reviews of material on "Aircheck" were continuing.
    
On Friday, Jackson asked that the news agency be ordered to provide records about a third poster who used the online name "kefir."
    
Jackson's filing said the poster "appears to be a former Assistant United States Attorney, who is an admitted blogger, or two of them acting in concert."
    
The request is the latest fallout from a 2012 scandal in which two former federal prosecutors resigned after admitting to improper posts. Their admissions led to a flurry of defense motions in numerous cases and the overturning of convictions in a major case involving shootings by New Orleans police.
    
On Thursday, it was disclosed that the two former assistant U.S. attorneys, Sal Perricone and Jan Mann, have agreed never to practice law in the federal court covering southeast Louisiana in return for avoiding additional discipline.
    
The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility has completed an investigation into the postings. It has not been made public.
    
Jackson's lawyers have been seeking a copy of the report. On Friday, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson ordered that the report be turned over to the court for a private review ahead of a May 15 hearing.

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