Producer, lawyer mull next move in ‘Hollywood South’ appeal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for a movie producer and a lawyer convicted of fraud involving Louisiana’s “Hollywood South” film tax credit program are considering whether to ask a federal appeals court to take another look at the case.
Producer Peter Hoffman and attorney Michael Arata were spared a jail sentence last year when a federal judge threw out some of their 2015 jury convictions.
But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated many of the convictions Aug. 9.
Court documents show defense attorneys are considering whether to ask for a 5th Circuit re-hearing or go to the Supreme Court.
They have until Sept. 24 to apply for a rehearing.
The case involved renovation of a dilapidated New Orleans building into a film production facility.