New Orleans District Attorney Acquitted in Federal Tax Case

A New Orleans federal jury found District Attorney Jason Williams not guilty on Thursday of tax fraud charges.

Williams had been accused of conspiring to cheat on his taxes for five years ending in 2017, along with his associate who worked in his law practice, Nicole Burdett.

The jury acquitted both Williams and Burdett on ten counts of tax fraud involving his taxes.

However, the jury convicted Burdett on four separate counts of filing false tax returns.

The jury’s verdicts arrived following around 16 hours of deliberations over three days, and neither Williams nor Burdett was called to the stand to testify.

“New Orleans should be relieved that their DA can get back to doing what he needs to do for this city,” said Lisa Wayne, one of Williams’ defense attorneys.


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