Henry Mouton

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing for a former Louisiana wildlife official who pleaded guilty in 2011 to taking payoffs from a landfill company owner's businesses as a reward for trying to keep a rival landfill closed.

The hearing now set for July 24 had been postponed indefinitely while Henry Mouton's defense attorney pushed for an inquiry into allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department dropped its fraud case against River Birch landfill executive Dominick Fazzio and his brother-in-law. The local U.S. Attorney's office stepped aside from that case after the resignation of a veteran prosecutor who had been anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website.

The company owner who allegedly paid Mouton wasn't identified, but the indictment said he touted River Birch.

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