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Posted: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 8:12AM

Galvan to change plea today



St. Tammany Parish's former coroner has another date in federal court set for today.

Federal prosecutors accused Dr. Peter Galvan of misspending taxpayers money, using it for a lot of personal items, from meals to parties to even boating equimentGalvan has pleaded not guilty as a formality but is expected in court for re-arraignment on a single conspiracy charge.

Loyola School of Law professor Dane Ciolino says that means the public gets to learn more details about the crimes.

"The government is required to put on what's called a 'factual basis' for the guilty plea," Ciolino told WWL First News.  "That will describe the factual underlying basis for the charges, and sometimes, in that document, the government will name co-conspirators or other culpable individuals."

Even if other suspects are identified only by a description, Ciolino says there's no doubt that the government is after other culprits in the Galvan case.

"One can't conspire with himself," said Ciolino, "so it's a plea to conspiracy makes it absolutely certain that the government believes others are engaged in this."

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