- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Army Corps of Engineers consultant is recovering after he collapsed in a New Orleans courtroom following a guilty verdict in his federal bribery case.

His co-defendant, a registered nurse who was also convicted, tended to him after courthouse staff said no one with medical training was on duty.

Former consultant Kern Wilson and subcontractor Durwanda Elizabeth Heinrich were accused of conspiring to bribe another consultant for confidential information about bids to rebuild a levee. The project was part of an effort to better protect the region after Hurricane Katrina.

Heinrich comforted Wilson, told him an ambulance was coming and had started using a defibrillator when paramedics arrived. A friend says Wilson checked himself out of the hospital later Wednesday.

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