DA no longer part of bribery case involving Ascension Parish president

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa's case involving bribery allegations is scheduled to go before a grand jury Tuesday. However, the district attorney's office will not be involved.

District Attorney Ricky Babin said he recused himself Monday afternoon after learning four of his employees including two assistant DA's contributed to Matassa's campaign.

The four employees in the 23rd District Attorney's Office who contributed are Asst. DA Chuck Long, Asst. DA Morgan Savoie, Kim Delaune, and Sandra Capone, according to Babin.

Matassa and Gonzales businessman Olin Berthelot are accused of trying to bribe a candidate for Gonzales City Council into dropping out of the race.

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office will prosecute the case.


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