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Former Rep. Jefferson (D-LA) Convicted Of Bribery, Racketeering And Money Laundering

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The Democrat with the freezer full of cash finally has to pay up. From The Times-Picayune:

William Jefferson, the former Democratic congressman who served the New Orleans area for nine terms, was found guilty today of 11 of 16 corruption charges.

The jury of eight women and four men returned the verdict after five days of deliberation

Jefferson was charged with soliciting bribes and other crimes for a series of schemes in which he helped American businesses broker deals in West African in exchange for payments or financial considerations to companies controlled by members of his family, including his brother Mose, his wife, Andrea, their five daughters and a son-in-law.

Jefferson faces sentencing Oct. 30 by Judge T.S. Ellis III, who earlier meted out stiff sentences for lesser figures in the case. According to the U.S. attorney's office, Jefferson faced 235 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Chief prosecutor Mark Lytle said Jefferson could face more than 20 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Remember Jefferson also commadeered National Guard troops during Katrina to help him recover his ill-gotten gains.

Have fun in prision Willie...


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Comments (20)

Nancy Peolsi was unavailabl... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Nancy Peolsi was unavailable for comment.

Some dudes have to work har... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Some dudes have to work hard to earn their Chicago-valid political bones, so I'm guessing he'll be out in time to join Obama on the ticket in 2012.

Like a noisy cicada returni... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Like a noisy cicada returning every 4 years to infest us...
I hope it goes dormant again soon.

So Lee, let me get this str... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

So Lee, let me get this straight. It's OK for you to have voiced your suspicion of his guilt without question because you are (I presume) a Democrat. However, it is not OK for a Republican to openly voice that same suspicion based upon the same available public information available at the time simply because the individual is, uh, a Republican. You do realize how weird that is don't you?

DaveD, I would never even p... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

DaveD, I would never even pay Lee the Liar any mind at all. Seldom makes sense and always chattering on about something unimportant. ww

DITTO Willie..*S*... (Below threshold)
Ran:

DITTO Willie..*S*

Well lookie here...a brand ... (Below threshold)
CZ:

Well lookie here...a brand new prison bitch.

Nancy is still trying to fi... (Below threshold)
jim:

Nancy is still trying to figure out how she can get him back in congress.

Heck 90g's in the freezer is nothing compared to what they are stealing now.

The insect went dormant! Th... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

The insect went dormant! Thank you!

Holy cow - a dem was FINALL... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Holy cow - a dem was FINALLY convicted of a crime. How did that happen? If only we can get the tax evaders out of the white house and into the big house. Their refusal to pay taxes just puts more pressure on the white house to pull it out of our pockets.

I'm sure Nancy finds this a... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm sure Nancy finds this all 'distracting'. After all, it was only a measly $90k. She just got away with $116 MILLION. If you're gonna steal, steal big.

And this is a surprise ?</p... (Below threshold)
Dov in Houston:

And this is a surprise ?

It's EVERYWHERE on the news... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

It's EVERYWHERE on the news! It is rivalling "Sarah Palin has ties to sodomy group in Transylvania". You can bet that
MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. will be
pounding this story HARD tomorrow. This
guy was an affirmative-action Harvard
grad. And a Dem, through and through.
Handsome and articulate and "clean" too,
right, Biden?

This clown will be pardoned... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

This clown will be pardoned by Obama faster
than ... Gammera and Mothra saved the world
from Godzilla. They did, didn't they?? Tokyo
seems to be fine, last I saw.

Not one commenter has menti... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

Not one commenter has mentioned that he will get his full retirement, same as the GOP Duke Cunningham is. Why aren't you complaining and writing and calling your elected critters that all the elected crooks who get caught and receive the guilty verdict are stripped of all their retirement funds? Doesn't matter what party, we the taxpayers are paying for their SOLICALISED MEDICINE AND Retirement benefits.

JC Hammer,I can't ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

JC Hammer,

I can't complain 'cause that's the first I've heard of it.

Wouldn't be surprised if it were true. It's how I expect those cockroaches to behave.

However, source, please.

Jesse Jackson Jr. went home... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Jesse Jackson Jr. went home early today.

JC is of course quite corre... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

JC is of course quite correct.

The SOB will receive ALL the benefits of a 'retired' congressman because the Senate has blocked legislation that would strip convicted felons of their benefits.

"Boyda's original measure, the Pension Forfeiture Act, passed the House in January but never made it through the Senate. The same language was folded into the ethics reform legislation that passed 411-8 on Tuesday."

'Cold Cash' Jefferson deserves none of the benefits of retirement from Congress as a convicted felon because he used the power of office to obtain his ill gotten gains.

Most likely he will go to one of the country club federal retreats too, instead of a prison like Folsom.

oh my good ness ........ h... (Below threshold)

oh my good ness ........ his freeze full of money...... how child money....but very bad money now go to the jail..

Look another demacrook has ... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Look another demacrook has bit the dust another demacrook convicted of bribery and not much from the liberal news media they must be in a state of shock




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