- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A change-of-plea plea hearing has been pushed back in the case of Ira Thomas, who abruptly resigned from the New Orleans school board this month after being charged in a federal bribery case.

The hearing had been set for Thursday. But a federal judge agreed Wednesday to re-set it for May 13 after Thomas’ lawyers sought a delay. Prosecutors did not object.

Prosecutors allege that Thomas took a $5,000 bribe to help an unidentified person get a school system janitorial services contract.

Thomas pleaded not guilty at a hearing March 9. But he also waived his right to have a grand jury hear the case against him and he was charged in a bill of information. Both are typically signals of cooperation with prosecutors.

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