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  • Ex-Congressman William Jefferson Wants Sentence Vacated

    10/08/2016 10:55:07 AM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    Federal prosecutors are being ordered to quickly respond to jailed New Orleans congressman William Jefferson's request to have his sentence vacated. Jefferson was convicted in 2009 on fraud charges for promoting American businesses to African leaders in exchange for payments. His attorneys argue his dealings were wrongly defined as "official acts" and should never have been a part of his trial. A federal judge has given prosecutors an October 31st deadline to respond. Jefferson's lawyers acted after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the conviction of the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted of corruption in...
  • Supreme Court permanently disbars former Rep. William Jefferson (5/01/15)

    12/31/2015 6:11:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/01/15 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON - The Louisiana Supreme Court Friday (May 1) permanently barred former Rep. William Jefferson from practicing law. Jefferson, 68, a Democrat who represented New Orleans in Congress for 12 terms, is serving a 13-year prison sentence in Oakdale for corruption and not scheduled for release until August, 30, 2023, when he would be 76 years old. The Louisiana Supreme Court said in its ruling that it agreed with the unanimous finding of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board that the conduct of the Harvard-educated lawyer is so egregious that he should not be allowed to return to the practice of...
  • Executives at collapsed Iceland bank jailed for fraud

    12/31/2012 4:00:01 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2012 | Reuters
    REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Two former executives at an Icelandic bank which collapsed in the 2008 financial meltdown were sentenced to jail on Friday for fraud which led to a 53 million euro loss, in the first major trial of Icelandic bankers linked to the crisis. All three of the small North Atlantic island's top banks collapsed in quick succession in October 2008 due to big debts incurred during a rapid overseas expansion. Glitnir was the first to fall after the collapse of Lehman Brothers caused international credit markets to freeze up.
  • William Jefferson (11-time RAT FELON-La) settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas

    05/05/2012 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/05/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, TexasBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Published: Saturday, May 05, 2012, 9:00 AM Former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson reported Friday to the low-security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, to begin serving a 13-year sentence, the longest ever for a congressional member. Jefferson, 65, arrived about 40 minutes ahead of the noon deadline set by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III who presided over Jefferson's 2009 trial for corruption and bribery. **SNIP** His downfall began when a disgruntled investor went to the FBI in 2005, expressing concerns that she was being defrauded...
  • William Jefferson Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison

    11/14/2009 8:49:17 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 10 replies · 445+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 11-14-09 | Gerry Ashley
    This Just In: William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, former Democratic Representative from Louisiana was sentenced to 13 years in prison today after being convicted on a number of federal corruption charges. Jefferson, you will recall, was infamous for having $90,000 in bribe money hidden in his freezer... ...And to those of you in Congress that haven’t been caught yet… tick-tock…
  • William Jefferson D-LA Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison For Corruption.

    11/13/2009 4:00:49 PM PST · by Story Balloon · 18 replies · 783+ views ^ | 11/13/09 | JasonSB
    Jail For Corruption. William Jefferson was sentenced today for quite a few federal offenses. Among them bribery. He’s most famous for having the freezer with $90,000 in cash inside. According to Politico: Jefferson’s sentence was the harshest ever handed out to a former lawmaker, but Justice Department officials said Jefferson warranted such a severe sanction due to the unprecedented scale of his corruption. Jefferson appeared in court Friday afternoon in a black suit and a red tie, with his five daughters, his wife and his brother. Jefferson did not speak at his sentencing, and his attorney Robert Trout says he...
  • Ex-congressman gets 13 years in freezer cash case - William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson

    11/13/2009 7:19:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,684+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for taking bribes, the longest term ever imposed on a congressman for bribery charges. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years, was convicted in August of taking roughly $500,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. The sentence was still far less than the nearly 30 years prosecutors had sought.
  • Former La. congressman William Jefferson gets 13 years for bribery, racketeering

    11/13/2009 3:05:59 PM PST · by Smogger · 68 replies · 3,820+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/13/2009 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer and was later convicted of federal bribery charges on Friday was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
  • Judge: Ex-US Rep. (Willam 'Cold Ca$h') Jefferson won't get new trial

    09/21/2009 11:39:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 997+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has denied the request for a new trial by a former Louisiana congressman convicted on corruption charges. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled against a motion by former Rep. William Jefferson on Friday in Alexandria, Va. Jefferson was convicted Aug. 5 on 11 of 16 federal counts for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa after federal agents found cash in his freezer. A jury ruled Jefferson must forfeit roughly $470,000. He later filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
  • Convicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson Files For Bankruptcy

    08/31/2009 9:01:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 19 replies · 984+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | Aug 31, 2009
    Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and his wife, Andrea, have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection as the convicted ex-congressman prepares for a forfeiture hearing in his federal corruption case. William Jefferson was convicted earlier this month in Virginia on 11 of 16 corruption charges. He faces a forfeiture hearing because the jury found that he and his family received $470,000 and more than 30 million shares of stock proceeds as a result of criminal activities. Meanwhile, he and his wife are seeking protection from a handful of creditors. They owe more than $1 million and less than $10 million,...
  • (RAT Congresscritter) William J. Jefferson Convicted of Bribery, Racketeering, Money Laundering...

    08/06/2009 2:11:01 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 14 replies · 1,112+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 5, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Columbia
    After hearing evidence for more than one month in a federal court in Alexandria, Va., a jury found Jefferson guilty on 11 charged counts, including solicitation of bribes, honest services wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering and conspiracy. Jefferson was acquitted on three counts of honest services wire fraud, an obstruction of justice charge and of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III accepted the verdict and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 30, 2009. Jefferson faces a maximum penalty of 150 years in prison and the jury will reconvene tomorrow to address whether he will additionally face...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Jefferson Found Guilty (on 11 of 16 counts)

    08/05/2009 2:42:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 156 replies · 7,013+ views ^ | 8/4/09
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has been found guilty of 11 of the 16 charges against him in a federal bribery and conspiracy trial. Jefferson was accused of accepting more than $400,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for brokering business deals in Africa.
  • Closing arguments set for ex-congressman's trial (William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson, a Democrat)

    07/29/2009 8:38:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 438+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/09 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments Wednesday in the bribery trial of a former Louisiana congressman .. William Jefferson, a Democrat .. is accused of receiving more than $400,000 in bribes .. Jefferson's attorneys argue that their client was essentially acting as a private business consultant and never violated bribery laws.
  • Jury sees photos of cash in William Jefferson's freezer(pictures)

    07/09/2009 8:49:11 AM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies · 2,048+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | July 08, 2009 | Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The lead FBI agent in the investigation of former Rep. William Jefferson denied Wednesday that he had instructed cooperating witness Lori Mody to play on Jefferson's emotions, get him drunk, and lure him into taking a bigger share of her company. "That's not on her, that's on him, " special agent Timothy Thibault said, explaining that Jefferson continued to escalate his demands for a piece of Mody's business even when he wasn't under the influence of her wiles and wine. In its redirect, the prosecution played a videotape from the four-hour, $1,023 dinner Mody and Jefferson shared...
  • Jefferson RAT-La trial enters third day of testimony (Billy Jeff worried about the “pokey.”)

    06/18/2009 8:41:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 739+ views
    2 The Advocate ^ | 6/18/09 | GERARD SHIELDS
    Jefferson trial enters third day of testimonyBy GERARD SHIELDS Advocate Washington bureau Published: Jun 18, 2009 - UPDATED: 9:30 p.m. WASHINGTON – Jurors in the bribery trial of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson got their first chance Thursday to listen to secretly recorded government tapes that include Jefferson expressing worry about landing in the “pokey.” The 18-year congressman was upset when a Kentucky telecommunications business owner suggested that they get a new investor for a project the two were promoting in Africa. In one obscenity-laced statement, Jefferson was heard to say that the activities in which they were engaged could...
  • Jefferson 'cold cash' blamed on FBI sting

    06/17/2009 9:41:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,422+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/09 | Kristi Jourdan
    The attorney for William J. Jefferson tackled the "elephant in the room" in opening statements Tuesday, explaining the notorious $90,000 "cold cash" discovered in the former congressman's freezer as an FBI setup bid. Prosecutors, for their part, painted a portrait of a debt-ridden man selling out the public good. In his opening speech in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Jefferson attorney Robert Trout addressed the best-known detail in the case - the marked bills found by federal agents in Mr. Jefferson's freezer wrapped inside Pillsbury Pie Crust boxes. He described the money as the trial's "elephant in the room." He...
  • Ex-congressman on trial over freezer cash, bribery (William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson)

    06/16/2009 9:12:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 980+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/09 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of a former Louisiana congressman charged with bribery after federal agents found $90,000 in cash in his freezer. The case is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. William Jefferson is accused of soliciting bribes, racketeering, money laundering and other crimes. Jefferson represented parts of New Orleans until losing re-election last year. Prosecutors say he received more than $500,000 and sought millions more for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.
  • Ex-US Rep. Jefferson faces federal bribery charges (Trial begins Tuesday Alert)

    06/07/2009 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 638+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 7, 2009 | Matthew Barakat
    Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson faces several obstacles to being acquitted of bribery, racketeering and other federal charges — and topping the list is explaining the $90,000 cash stashed in his freezer. Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans until losing his bid for re-election last year, goes on trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on allegations that he received more than $400,000 in bribes in return for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. Defense attorneys are expected to attack the credibility of a witness who frequently wore a wire for...
  • High court won't delay trial of ex-Rep. Jefferson ('Cold Ca$h' Jefferson trial date set, June 2nd)

    05/18/2009 9:45:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 622+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to delay the upcoming trial of former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson on bribery and other charges. The former Democratic congressman has argued that prosecutors trampled on his constitutional privileges as a lawmaker. But the high court refused to hear Jefferson's appeal to throw out the indictment against him. Jefferson was indicted in 2007 on multiple counts, including soliciting bribes and racketeering. Investigators raided Jefferson's home and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in a freezer. A federal judge has set a June 2 trial date in Alexandria, Va.
  • LA U.S. House Election Results: In upsets, Republicans win both Districts 2 & 4

    12/06/2008 9:50:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 66 replies · 5,584+ views
    Louisiana SOState/Local News Articles ^ | December 6, 2008 | Staff
    LA-2 , Orleans, Jefferson Parish: In a huge upset win, little known Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao beat nine term and criminally indicted William Jefferson(D). Jefferson had been expected to easily win. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese member of U.S. Congress. LA-4, Shreveport-Bossier City, Sabine Parish, et. al., Western LA, TX/AR border: Republican Dr. John Fleming wins. Fleming was trailing by about 3% early in the election results but came on strong in the end to beat Carmouche(D) by 356 votes. Carmouche has not conceded election – recount probably pending. With these results, the 111th U.S. House of Representatives...
  • Caos Do Fly, At Least In New Orleans (The Dirt: GOP pummels Dems in LA election wins shockers)

    12/07/2008 2:51:46 AM PST · by flattorney · 103 replies · 6,190+ views
    National Journal ^ | December 07, 2008 | Tim Shad
    In a shocker, there will be a GOP Rep. in New Orleans. In a surprising twist, GOPers won a sweep in LA tonight in two general elections, picking up embattled Rep. Bill Jefferson's (D-LA 02) seat in New Orleans, and holding retiring Rep. Jim McCrery's (R) seat in the Shreveport-based Fourth District. But the surprise of the night, and possibly the cycle, was in the Big Easy. Atty Ahn “Joseph” Cao (R) defeated Jefferson 50-47%. Dems outnumber GOPers here 6-1, and African Americans make up 61% of the vote. But the NRCC must've had an inkling that something was up...
  • Culture of Corruption: William "Cold Cash" Jefferson Loses Election

    12/07/2008 6:20:33 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 11 replies · 583+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 7, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Continuing our What-the-MSM-would-have-reported-had-the-parties-been-reversed Series: Had McCain won, and had Jefferson been a Republican, the MSM this morning would be talking about another blow to the new president, losing a Senior Congressional ally. This Jefferson loss, along with the Saxby Chambliss win, would be just another example of the president’s shrinking coattails. What does this say about the new president’s party’s commitment to diversity, when the other party is the first to elect a Vietnamese-American to Congress? Does the president’s party need to be more sensitive to the issues of minorities and reach out more to the Vietnamese-American community so they...
  • Appeals court clears way for Rep. Jefferson trial

    11/12/2008 2:07:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 932+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/12/8 | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    Richmond, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court upheld bribery and other charges against Louisiana Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson on Wednesday, clearing the way for a trial. Jefferson, who cruised to victory in a primary last week and is expected to easily win re-election, had sought to dismiss a 16-count indictment charging him with taking bribes, laundering money and misusing his congressional office for business dealings in Africa. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Jefferson's claims that a federal grand jury received evidence that violated his constitutional right to legislative immunity.
  • Many surprised at strength of Jefferson win in 2nd Congressional District race

    10/06/2008 12:27:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,376+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/6/8 | David Hammer
    There was a strange mixture of stalwart support and utter abandonment at U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's election party Saturday night as the indicted congressman claimed a primary victory in his 10th election campaign for the 2nd District seat. The party was at Flavorz by Mattie, a little-known restaurant in an eastern New Orleans neighborhood ravaged by the post-Katrina jack-o'-lantern effect. The room was half empty, with only about 35 supporters and family cheering on Jefferson and eating a late dinner of jambalaya and croissant sandwiches. There were no big political names in the crowd. Supporters appeared to be outnumbered by...
  • 6 seek to unseat scandal-plagued La. congressman (D-William 'Cold Ca$h' Jefferson)

    10/04/2008 5:29:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 749+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/4/08 | Kevin McGill - ap
    NEW ORLEANS – A 28-year political career was on the line Saturday for indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who is fighting bribery charges as he tries to fend off six Democrats in the primary for his New Orleans-based congressional seat. No one was expecting Jefferson or any of the other six candidates to garner the majority needed to win the nomination outright. Jefferson, seeking his 10th term, hoped to survive by taking either first or second place and moving on to a Nov. 4 runoff. A victory then would put him in a Dec. 6 general election in the heavily...
  • Judge upholds bribery charges against Jefferson

    05/28/2008 7:25:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 277+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/28/08 | Susan Crabtree
    A federal judge has refused to dismiss bribery charges against Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.). Jefferson is accused of orchestrating a complicated, and multi-layered scheme to receive bribes from companies seeking business in Western Africa. Proving bribery against a lawmaker is difficult because prosecutors must show that the defendant provided an “official act” such as a voting a certain way or sponsoring legislation in return for money or items he received. His lawyers argued that Jefferson didn’t do anything in his capacity as a congressman that could be considered a bribe. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III turned that legal...
  • DOJ: Jefferson prosecution will proceed

    03/31/2008 2:55:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 505+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/08 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday refused to step into a high-stakes legal fight between the Justice Department and indicted Rep. William Jefferson over the unprecedented raid on the lawmaker's Capitol Hill office. The Justice Department said the court's action would not impede the bribery case against the Louisiana Democrat. The justices declined to review an appeals court ruling that said that, while the office search itself was legal, the FBI reviewed legislative documents in violation of the Constitution. Other documents seized in the raid were provided to prosecutors and were used to support a 16-count indictment of Jefferson...
  • Court Won't Rule on Search Case { William Jefferson }

    03/31/2008 7:38:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies · 1,781+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/31/8 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to step into a legal fight between the Justice Department and a member of Congress who has been indicted on bribery charges. The court declined to review an appeals court ruling that the FBI reviewed legislative documents in the office of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in violation of the Constitution. Jefferson has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting more than $500,000 in bribes while using his office to broker business deals in Africa. His trial has been delayed indefinitely. While the Bush administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene, Attorney General Michael Mukasey...
  • Case against congressman began in Africa (William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson)

    02/26/2008 5:26:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 125+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/08 | Cain Burdeau - ap
    NEW ORLEANS - During President Clinton's trip to Africa in 1998, Rep. William Jefferson joined the cadre of politicians, press advisers, trade experts and foreign diplomats aboard Air Force One. For the next 12 days, Jefferson was never far behind as the president strolled arm-in-arm with Nelson Mandela, mourned the human cost of the slave trade and bounced across the savannah in a safari car. A decade later, the trip looks increasingly like the starting point for a pattern of corruption Jefferson allegedly established during the expansion of African trade that followed Clinton's visit. "He was perceived as someone who...
  • D-La. Rep. Jefferson appeals judge's ruling; trial to be delayed (protected from prosecution?)

    02/20/2008 5:12:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 208+ views
    KATC ^ | 2/20/08
    La. Rep. Jefferson appeals judge's ruling; trial to be delayedAssociated Press - February 20, 2008 6:24 PM ET McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The trial of Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, who's charged with bribery, will be delayed so an appellate court can hear arguments on whether his status as a congressman protects him from prosecution. Jefferson's trial was scheduled to start Monday. Defense lawyers filed their appeal today in federal court in Alexandria. The appeal had been expected since earlier this month, when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis the Third rejected the argument that the 16-count indictment should be tossed because...
  • Judge refuses to toss out indictment against La. congressman (William Jefferson D-La)

    02/06/2008 5:24:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies · 192+ views
    NOLA ^ | 2/06/08
    Judge refuses to toss out indictment against La. congressman2/6/2008, 6:07 p.m. CST The Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has refused to toss out an indictment against a Louisiana congressman accused of taking bribes, rejecting the argument that the indictment unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman. The ruling Wednesday could prompt a delay in the trial of Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, who faces up to 235 years in prison on bribery and other charges. According to court papers, defense lawyers have indicated they will likely appeal the ruling. Normally defendants are only allowed to appeal such...
  • La.'s Jefferson testifies in bribe case (FBI agents who interviewed him in 2005 were "overbearing")

    01/17/2008 9:08:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 76+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/17/08 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Louisiana congressman accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes told a judge Thursday that FBI agents who interviewed him back in 2005 were so overbearing that they even followed him into the bathroom of his own home. Testifying under oath for the first time in his bribery case, Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat, contradicted the testimony of FBI agents who said the August 2005 interview was cordial and friendly. Jefferson is seeking to suppress statements to FBI agents during the interview, as well as evidence seized from the home. Jefferson's lawyers argued that...
  • Feds spell out names in graft case (William Jefferson D-La, wife, brother)

    01/08/2008 4:02:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 193+ views
    NOLA ^ | 1/08/08 | Bruce Alpert
    Feds spell out names in graft caseJefferson's wife, brother and son-in-law listed Tuesday, January 08, 2008 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is for the first time disclosing the names of business executives and family members it says are connected to the public corruption case against Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans. **SNIP** Among the allegations in the Justice Department's brief: -- The congressman's son-in-law Philip Jones had a 2003 contract for 5 percent of each $7 million garbage-to-energy incinerator he helped LETH Energy, now Global Environmental Inc., sell in Nigeria. Jones' agreement called for him to provide the...
  • High Court Asked to Review Congress Raid {Jefferson}

    12/21/2007 1:07:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 194+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/21/7 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    (AP) -- WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to toss out a lower court ruling that says the FBI was wrong to raid Democratic Rep. William Jefferson's office, a decision the Bush administration argues will hinder corruption investigations of Congress. In an appeal filed this week, government lawyers said that only the nation's highest court can decide whether the 18-hour raid was an unconstitutional breach of congressional authority or a proper tactic in a lengthy corruption inquiry. "Only this court can resolve this important question," the Justice Department wrote in its 28-page appeal, filed Wednesday. "Until...
  • Jefferson court date moved to Feb. 25

    12/14/2007 11:36:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 109+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/07 | Mike Soraghan
    A federal judge has set the corruption case of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) for Feb. 25. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis reluctantly granted Jefferson's lawyer's request for a continuance. But he gave them an extra six weeks instead of the four months they sought. "You'll just have to get it done," Ellis said. The nine-term congressman is accused of taking more than $500,000 in bribes and demanding millions more for himself and his family members from 11 different companies interested in securing business contracts in Africa.
  • Prosecutors say William Jefferson D-La used CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) position in scheme

    11/20/2007 6:32:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 100+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/07 | Susan Crabtree
    Prosecutors say Jefferson used CBC position in schemeBy Susan Crabtree November 20, 2007 Federal prosecutors are accusing Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) of using his position as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to further an additional bribery scheme that was not previously disclosed. Prosecutors allege Jefferson wrote to a NASA administrator on Congressional Black Caucus Foundation letterhead to ask that it consider doing business with a U.S. rocket technology company. In a seven-page document filed last week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, prosecutors said Jefferson recommended that NASA give “close consideration” to the company, which allegedly agreed to...
  • "Dollar Bill's" Other Schemes (William Jefferson)

    11/18/2007 8:21:42 AM PST · by jdm · 3 replies · 101+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Nov. 18, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Jazz Shaw at Middle Earth Journal noticed a story buried at the Washington Post regarding the biggest embarrassment in the House of Representatives, William "Dollar Bill" Jefferson. The man who commandeered a National Guard detachment to act as his personal moving company during Hurricane Katrina and who kept $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer had new allegations of corruption filed in federal court on Friday. These won't result in new criminal charges, but they do show how Dollar Bill liked to redistribute wealth from the rich to the Jeffersons: Federal prosecutors on Friday accused Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.)...
  • Jefferson [Democrat, Louisiana] Seeks To Dismiss Bribery Charges

    10/14/2007 7:54:45 AM PDT · by khnyny · 24 replies · 60+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2007 | Matthew Barakat
    The bribery charges against Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who was videotaped accepting $100,000 in cash, should be dismissed because such an act is technically closer to influence-peddling, defense argued yesterday in an Alexandria courtroom. Jefferson's attorneys made no admission that he engaged in improper conduct, but one, Amy Jackson, argued that even if the government's allegations are true, they do not constitute bribery under federal law. "We think using influence is not a bribe," Jackson told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in seeking to have some of the charges dismissed. Prosecutors scoffed at the argument, and Ellis seemed...
  • Lawmaker's Lawyer: Bribe Charge Bogus { Jefferson's Cold Cash}

    10/12/2007 4:14:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 336+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/12/7 | MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer
    Alexandria, Va. (AP) -- A Louisiana congressman caught on tape accepting a $100,000 cash payment should not have been charged with bribery because technically, such an act is closer to influence peddling than bribery, defense lawyers argued Friday. Lawyers for Democratic Rep. William Jefferson made no admission that Jefferson engaged in improper conduct. But defense attorney Amy Jackson argued that even if the government's allegations are true, they do not constitute bribery under federal law. "We think using influence is not a bribe," Jackson told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in seeking to have some of the charges dismissed....
  • Appeals Court Invalidates FBI Raid on Rep. Jefferson’s Office

    08/03/2007 12:08:00 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies · 768+ views
    Democratic Times of NY ^ | 08.03.07 | By Seth Stern and Alan K. Ota, CQ Staff
    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that last year’s FBI raid on the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., improperly exposed legislative materials to executive review and ordered the return of some of the documents seized.
  • Federal Court Rules FBI Raid on Rep. William Jefferson's Office Unconstitutional

    08/03/2007 3:34:45 PM PDT · by Revel · 88 replies · 1,375+ views
    AP ^ | 8/3/07
    WASHINGTON — The FBI violated the Constitution when agents raided U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's office last year and viewed legislative documents in a corruption investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The court ordered the Justice Department to return any legislative documents it seized from the Louisiana Democrat's office on Capitol Hill. The court did not order the return of all the documents seized in the raid and did not say whether prosecutors could use any of the records against Jefferson in their bribery case. Jefferson argued that the first-of-its-kind raid trampled congressional independence. The Constitution prohibits the executive branch...
  • Lawmakers being investigated (as of 7/31/07)

    07/31/2007 12:47:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,104+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | AP
    Members of Congress recently under scrutiny by federal authorities: ___ Senate Republicans: _Ted Stevens of Alaska, sixth term. Stevens is under a federal investigation for his relationship with Bill Allen, an oil field services contractor who was convicted this year of bribing state lawmakers. Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service searched the senator's Alaska home on Monday. ___ House Republicans: _Don Young of Alaska, 18th term. Young is under federal investigation as part of an ongoing corruption probe, according to a federal law enforcement official. Part of the Young investigation involves his campaign finance practices. _John Doolittle of...
  • Unsealed documents in Jefferson case reveal new details

    07/27/2007 11:03:59 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 25 replies · 1,123+ views ^ | 07/27/07 | Bill Walsh
    WASHINGTON -- Newly unsealed documents in the federal bribery case against Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, describe a plan to steer profits to the son of the president of Ghana and a frantic effort to get the congressman to revive a lucrative deal in Nigeria as it appeared to unravel. The papers also state that Jefferson stored some of the of money he took from an FBI informant in soy burger boxes and other food containers in the freezer his Capitol Hill home. For nearly two years, the Justice Department resisted legal efforts by The Times-Picayune and The Washington Post...
  • William Jefferson's (D-La) Campaign Donations Virtually Stop (Ya think?)

    07/20/2007 7:44:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 731+ views
    WDSU ^ | 7/20/07
    Jefferson's Campaign Donations Virtually StopNew Orleans Congressman Faces Federal Indictment UPDATED: 10:52 am CDT July 20, 2007 NEW ORLEANS -- While facing federal bribery charges, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of New Orleans managed to raise less than $20,000 for a 2008 re-election campaign, according to a review of federal campaign finance reports by The Times-Picayune. The federal reports show Jefferson's campaign debt stands at $281,884 in outstanding loans. He received nine contributions, totaling $18,500, in the second quarter of the year. By contrast, U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery of Shreveport led the Louisiana House delegation in fundraising, posting $424,354 in contributions...
  • Cold Cash Congressman Pleads Not Guilty

    06/09/2007 3:00:39 PM PDT · by Baladas · 20 replies · 948+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 8, 2007 | JASON RYAN and THERESA COOK
    Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of bribery, money laundering, obstruction of justice, violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, racketeering and conspiracy at a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. Jefferson is free on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond -- he took an oath affirming he would make future court appearances in lieu of paying the bond Jefferson had been in the crosshairs of a Virginia U.S. attorney's office for allegedly accepting bribes to steer business to a communications firm in Nigeria and soliciting bribes to benefit various companies owned by his family. A grand jury returned...
  • Jefferson pleads not guilty to bribery

    06/08/2007 9:22:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 800+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/07 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of soliciting more than $500,000 in bribes while using his office to broker business deals in Africa. Jefferson, D-La., said he understood the charges during the federal court hearing. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bond. "I am absolutely innocent of the charges that have been leveled against me," Jefferson said afterward. "I'm going to fight my heart out to clear my name." As conditions for his release, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III denied the congressman access to shotguns and rifles in his...
  • Judge Freezes Congressman's Assets { Jefferson and his cold cash }

    06/07/2007 2:43:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Alexandria, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge Thursday froze the assets of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who was indicted this week on charges of soliciting bribes. A forfeiture charge is among the 16 criminal counts Jefferson is facing. Prosecutors have already said they will seek to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jefferson that they believe he obtained illicitly by peddling his influence to help broker business deals in Africa. Jefferson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court. The indictment, issued Monday, said Jefferson received more than $500,000 in bribes and sought millions more...
  • Judge puts freeze on Jefferson's assets

    06/07/2007 12:55:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,485+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/7/07 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A federal judge Thursday froze the assets of Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record), D-La., who was indicted this week on charges of soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Among the 16 criminal counts Jefferson is facing is a criminal forfeiture count, and prosecutors have already said they will seek to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jefferson that they believe he obtained illicitly by peddling his influence to help broker business deals in Africa. Jefferson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court. The restraining order issued by U.S. District...
  • The Case Against Jefferson D-La (United States Of America v. William J. Jefferson, Defendant)

    06/06/2007 8:46:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 871+ views
    The Case Against Jefferson06.07.2007 In The United States District Court For The Eastern District of Virginia Alexandria Division United States Of America v. William J. Jefferson, Defendant CRIMINAL NO. 1:07CR209 • Count 1: 18 V.S.C. & 371 (Conspiracy to Solicit Bribes by a Public Official, Deprive Citizens of Honest Services by Wire Fraud, and Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) • Count 2: 18 V.S.C. & 371 (Conspiracy to Solicit Bribes by a Public Official and Deprive Citizens of Honest Services by Wire Fraud) • Counts 3-4: 18 V.S.C. & 201(b)(2)(A) (Solicitation of Bribes by a Public Official) • Counts...
  • Out From the Ethical Deep Freeze (It's Congress' fault)

    06/06/2007 9:28:50 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 13 replies · 337+ views
    The New York TImes ^ | June 7, 2007 | Editorial
    Just as House Democrats’ fervid promises of ethics reform are running out of steam comes the bribery indictment of one of their own, William Jefferson, the Louisiana representative accused of stashing $90,000 in marked bills in his home freezer. Surely the image of Mr. Jefferson allegedly using the Congressional dining room to transact quid-pro-quo corruption schemes is the strongest possible wake-up call for foot-dragging members to face up to the need for aggressive ethics enforcement. The existing ethics committee produced cobwebs, not early-warning alerts, as recent scandals were launching several lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists on prison careers.