Louisiana Corruption Probe Widens

A judge was charged Wednesday with accepting bribes to give preferential treatment to a bail-bonding (search) company, part of a widening corruption scandal that has already landed one judge in prison.

State District Judge Alan Green (searchwas indicted on charges of racketeering (search), mail fraud and mail fraud conspiracy. Norman Bowley, a former executive of Bail Bonds Unlimited, faces similar charges.

FBI surveillance video showed Green in his chambers in March 2002 accepting $5,000 from Bowley. The indictment also alleged Green accepted thousands e.

Attorneys for Green and Bowley vowed to fight the charges in court.

Green is the second judge to be indicted following a five-year investigation into a scheme that allegedly involved numerous judicial officials and jailers.

Former State District Judge Ronald Bodenheimer (search) is serving a nearly four-year sentence for taking bribes and other charges. A dozen other people have pleaded guilty.