(MOBILE, Ala.) - An arraignment was held Wednesday for Bayou La Batre's mayor along with his daughter and a former city grant writer. They are all charged for an alleged land-swap scheme using federal funds after Hurricane Katrina.
Earlier this week, a new indictment federal prosecutors was handed up against Stan Wright, Mary Wright, and Janey Galbraith.
None of the defendants showed up in court Wednesday, but attorney's for the three pleaded not guilty to the new indictment One defense attorney says the new charges are redundant.
"They just changed a few words that we had previously pointed out that made the indictment inappropriate, and it was dismissed by the court," Mary Wright's attorney Richard Alexander said. "Now they've changed it for the fourth time."
Attorney's will meet again Friday in a telephone conference to hammer-out the trial date.