A defense attorney says a convicted New Orleans political operative serving a 10-year prison sentence has advanced cancer — and should be spared a second corruption trial.

Attorney Arthur "Buddy" Lemann told The Times-Picayune that his client, Mose Jefferson, has cancer in a lung and hip bone — and the prognosis is not good. Lemann says he'll ask federal prosecutors to drop him from a case alleging he and others conspired to steal government grant money from nonprofit organizations.

Jefferson is serving a federal prison sentence for bribing a former Orleans Parish School Board president. He is the brother of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who was convicted in 2009 of taking bribes after investigators found thousands of dollars in his freezer. The former congressman is free on bond as he appeals.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com