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Louisiana crime boss and mother charged in criminal case

Being accused of a crime in Louisiana means that the higher the profile, the more the media is going to report on it. This doesn't make you guilty, but it does mean you may be tried in the court of public opinion. You can lose your job, your health from worry and even your family. That is exactly what happened to one man who is accused of being a crime boss in Central City, Louisiana.

A man who is accused of being a crime boss is being tried for criminal activity and so is his mother. She is requesting that they be tried separately. A whole group of people who used to be close friends and family are now trying to distance themselves from the alleged crime boss. There are 12 in all.

It is reported in the media that he used extreme violence to control the goings on in the Central City area for decades. The case is scheduled for August.

It is said that over $40 million worth of narcotics were trafficked in by this group of 12. Starting as early as the 1990s, the group allegedly committed murder to protect their turf. They posted bail for each other in the past, but now are doing whatever they can to appear as not-so-close-knit. They even went so far as to provide allegedly bogus alibies for each other in the past; not now, though.

They have each pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. They contend that the negative publicity will not allow them to have a fair trial and that the venue needs to be moved away from Central City.

If you find yourself being tried in the media and feel that you have no representation, you may want to contact an attorney who has experience with criminal defense.

Source: The Times-Picayune, "Telly Hankton family ties fray as racketeering trial nears," Andy Grimm, May. 04, 2015

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