One Year After Conviction, Foster Still Free

March 12, 2006 - Posted at 12:35 p.m. CST

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) _ Former Pine Bluff alderman Jack Foster

remains free one year after being sentenced to three years in

prison for a corruption-related charge.

Foster had a hearing before the eighth U.S. Circuit Court of

Appeals in November and is awaiting a decision from the appellate

panel. A co-defendant, former alderman Billy Freeman Senior, is to

be released this summer from a federal lockup.

An Arkansas jury found Foster guilty in September 2004 of

attempting to extort money from developer Wilson McDougal. Foster

allegedly asked McDougal for bribes in return for Foster's vote to

support a rezoning proposal and parking permits.

In his appeal, Foster argued that there was not enough evidence

to convict him under interstate commerce laws.

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