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U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) might claim (bribery) deals private
NOLA ^ | 1/21/06 | Bruce Alpert

Posted on 01/22/2006 6:51:18 AM PST by Libloather

Jefferson might claim deals private
'Official acts' issue could play key role in case
Saturday, January 21, 2006
By Bruce Alpert
Washington bureau

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's public response to the federal government's investigation of his business dealings suggests his legal defense could be that his actions were distinct and separate from his congressional responsibilities and therefore not subject to federal bribery statutes, legal experts say.

The New Orleans Democrat last week said he had never requested or accepted anything to "perform a service for which I have been elected." He said he is disappointed and perplexed by a former aide's guilty plea last week and the former aide's accusations that Jefferson had demanded jobs for family members and a business stake in exchange for his assistance with lucrative telecommunications contracts in Nigeria and Ghana.

Jefferson has not been charged.

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Sitting in limbo

Legal experts say that if an indictment is filed against the congressman, the outcome of a trial could come down to whether a Northern Virginia jury, which would hear the case, believes anything given or offered the congressman was related to his official duties, as the government would argue, or, as his defense would suggest, related to private business transactions.

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Crucial element alleged

In legal papers filed last week in the Jefferson investigation, the government went to great lengths to suggest that the bribery and conspiracy charge to which former Jefferson aide Brett Pfeffer pleaded guilty, and agreed to testify about, was directly related to official acts.

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U.S. 'must prove link'

Still, Bloom said, the government has to offer more than simply its own statements that Jefferson was acting in his official capacity.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; bribery; claim; corruptdems; corruption; crook; deals; dla; jefferson; loot; might; perp; private; rats; rep; us; william; williamjefferson

Louisiana Congressman, William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, left, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, appear before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development meeting in New Orleans Friday afternoon Jan. 13, 2006. The subcommittee came to New Orleans to discussing the housing problems caused by Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

From another NOLA.com story -

Newspaper plays guessing game

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call speculated last week about who would get Rep. William Jefferson's Ways & Means Committee assignment if the New Orleans Democrat is a casualty of the criminal investigation now swirling around him. It quotes unnamed "insiders" predicting the coveted seat on the tax-writing committee would go to Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala. Jefferson's future became grist for the mill two weeks ago when a former aide to the congressman pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery, saying Jefferson demanded money for helping a U.S. telecommunications company get a foothold in Africa. Jefferson has not been charged with any crime and has denied doing anything wrong; his office declined to comment on the Roll Call article. For Louisianians worried about losing precious clout at a critical time, they can take some solace in another piece of Capitol Hill speculation: Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Shreveport, is considered to have a good shot at becoming the next chairman of Ways & Means.

1 posted on 01/22/2006 6:51:23 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Another DemonRat with an alternative definition of "is".


2 posted on 01/22/2006 6:56:03 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: metesky

"The New Orleans Democrat last week said he had never requested or accepted anything to "perform a service for which I have been elected."

He wouldn't be the first full time congressman running a full time business involved in the rip-off industry.


3 posted on 01/22/2006 7:01:37 AM PST by billhilly
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4 posted on 01/22/2006 7:01:59 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: billhilly
America has a long and proud tradition of payroll patriots. Even the universally praised Daniel Webster wrote a letter (found in a N.E. attic about 15/20 years ago) telling a "corporate sponsor" to the effect, "Look you said if I made a speech promoting x, you'd give me $. I made the speech, where's the $?"
5 posted on 01/22/2006 7:11:37 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Libloather

Rush ripped this guy big time about this and his actions during the hurricane as he tried to use his position to get law enforcement and rescue workers to escort him to his home in the flooded area. According to Rush, he was trying to retrieve incriminating evidence about his deals before law enforcement could get to it.

Wonder if Rush will pick up on this again.


6 posted on 01/22/2006 7:15:52 AM PST by Breyean
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To: Libloather

Jefferson: "I am a Democrat. Therefore, I am innocent."


7 posted on 01/22/2006 7:16:34 AM PST by auboy (second guessers never have to deliver themselves, they only point fingers at others)
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To: auboy

This guy will be gone no matter what. Katrina whacked N.O. so badly it won't be big enough for a congressional district. The next round of redistricting will likely make it impossible for him to win.


8 posted on 01/22/2006 7:37:06 AM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief
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To: Mo1

Another guilty democrat.

(But, of course, the "conservative" MSM is going to "viciously attack" him and demand he resign.........)

Nothing to see here, nothing at all. Just another (liberal/black/socialist/hate-mongering/lying/stealing/cheating/democrat hiding (hundreds of thousands of cash) money in his freezer.


9 posted on 01/22/2006 7:43:44 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: metesky

The Searchers stands as one of the greatest Westerns of all time. At least in my mind.


10 posted on 01/22/2006 7:58:04 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

The double-standard of the MSM is AMAZING. Dimocrats simply don't get covered on negative stories. AMAZING!


11 posted on 01/22/2006 8:10:43 AM PST by kjo
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To: Libloather

And Paris Hilton has never done the horizontal mombo neither!

Stupid is NOT stamped on my forehead, OK?

12 posted on 01/22/2006 9:06:07 AM PST by budman_2001
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Libloather
Jefferson's face in the picture reminds me of Clinton's face when he was waving his finger in the nation's face on national TV.

The Eagles' Lyin' Eyes comes to mind.

13 posted on 01/22/2006 10:17:13 AM PST by auboy (second guessers never have to deliver themselves, they only point fingers at others)
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To: auboy
William Jefferson's face in the picture reminds me of Clinton's face when he was waving his finger in the nation's face on national TV.

He's being rather, --err, blythe -- about the whole thing, isn't he?

Full Disclosure: "It's just about bribes. What I do in my private life has nothing to do with my public office."

Cheers!

14 posted on 01/22/2006 10:22:30 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Libloather

I hope Republican sleuths are checking into the current affairs of one Alcee Hastings, now a Federal Representative from Florida but also a former Judge who was impeached for fraud, a felony.


15 posted on 01/22/2006 8:56:48 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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