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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Former House member convicted on corruption charges

William Jefferson, former Louisiana US representative was convicted on 11 of 16 counts of corruption today. Last year he lost his seat to his Republican opponent Joseph Cao. Here's more from CNN:
Jefferson, a 62-year-old Democrat, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 4, 2007, on corruption charges, about two years after federal agents said they found $90,000 in his freezer. Authorities said the cash was part of a payment in marked bills from an FBI informant in a transaction captured on video.

Jefferson had pleaded not guilty.

The jury convicted him on four counts of bribery, three counts of racketeering, three counts of wire fraud and one count of racketeering. He was acquitted on five other counts including wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Jefferson had faced a maximum possible sentence of 235 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
235 years in prison, shouldn't be worth it!

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