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.