Bribery Trial Of Ascension Parish President Ends In Acquittal

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Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa

The bribery trial of Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is over, ending Wednesday afternoon with his acquittal.

He had been accused of bribing a Gonzales City Council candidate in 2016. A motion to acquit was granted by the judge.

Matassa and his attorney said the exchange of cash that was secretly recorded was a "friendly loan" to Wayne Lawson and not, as claimed, a bribe to get Lawson to bow out of a council race.

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