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Kentucky businessman Vernon Jackson gets 7 years for bribe to William Jefferson (D-La.)
Daily Comet ^ | 9/08/06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT

Posted on 09/08/2006 4:21:52 PM PDT by Libloather

Ky. businessman gets 7 years for bribe to Jefferson
By MATTHEW BARAKAT
Associated Press Writer

A Kentucky telecommunications executive who admitted paying more than $400,000 in bribes to Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison.

Vernon Jackson, 54, of Louisville, is a key figure in the federal investigation of Jefferson, D-La., who has not been charged. But in court papers, prosecutors have alleged that they caught Jefferson on videotape taking a $100,000 cash bribe. Most of that money later turned up in a freezer in Jefferson's home.

Jefferson was never mentioned by name in Friday's hearing, but prosecutors have made it clear in court papers that he received the bribes from Jackson, which were separate from the money found in Jefferson's freezer.

Jackson, chief executive of the telecommunications firm iGate Inc., said he paid the bribes to gain the congressman's help in obtaining business deals in Africa.

The seven-year, three-month sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III was at the low end of federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutor Mark Lytle said Jackson is continuing to cooperate in the investigation, and his sentence could later be reduced based on that cooperation.

Jackson did not speak during the hearing and declined to comment afterward.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; 7; bribe; businessman; corruptdems; crook; cultureofcorruption; dla; igateinc; jackson; jefferson; kentucky; perp; ratcrime; rats; vernon; william; williamjefferson; years
Jefferson's Defense Team Statement Regarding Vernon Jackson Sentencing
1 hour, 27 minutes ago

To: National Desk

Contact: Judy Smith, 202-321-2536 or jsmith@impactstrategiesllc.com, or Chris Garrett, 202-347-1951 or cgarrett@impactstrategiesllc.com, both for Rep. William Jefferson.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In response to today's sentencing of iGATE CEO Vernon Jackson, Congressman William Jefferson's defense counsel, Robert Trout, stated:

"Congressman Jefferson knows well the pressure that the Department of Justice can apply once it targets someone for criminal prosecution. As Jackson's plea bargain makes clear, the government has offered powerful inducements to cause Jackson to plead guilty. He has every reason to expect that his sentence will be substantially reduced depending on his testimony against the congressman.

"Given the unprecedented widespread disclosure of allegations by the government that are aimed at Congressman Jefferson, it is important to remember that the congressman has not been charged with any crime. Congressman Jefferson has repeatedly stated that he has never during his time as an elected official accepted payment in any form, for the performance of any act or duty."

For additional information, contact Judy Smith at 202-347-1951 or Chris Garrett at 202-347-1953

http://www.usnewswire.com/

1 posted on 09/08/2006 4:21:54 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

But is he talking?


2 posted on 09/08/2006 4:22:30 PM PDT by Howlin (Who in the press will stick up for ABC's right to air this miniseries? ~~NRO)
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To: Howlin

No! jail the pol not the businessman!


3 posted on 09/08/2006 4:25:24 PM PDT by omega4179 (Lets call terrorism extremism, then it would go away.../s)
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To: Libloather

Wasn"t Vernon Jackson one of Clintons buddys in the late 90's?


4 posted on 09/08/2006 4:26:27 PM PDT by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: Libloather

What is it? Culture of conniptions? Couricolons? Criminologists? I can't remember; I haven't heard stretch-face Pelosi bleeting about that in some time now.


5 posted on 09/08/2006 4:27:17 PM PDT by Ilky Hucktar
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To: Lokibob
"Wasn"t Vernon Jackson one of Clintons buddys in the late 90's?"

You're not thinking of Vernon Jordan, are you?

6 posted on 09/08/2006 4:27:43 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: Lokibob

You may be thinking of Vernon Jordan......


7 posted on 09/08/2006 4:27:54 PM PDT by exit82 (Sorry. You, along with Pluto, have just been voted out of the solar system(from FreeperLasVegasMac).)
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To: Libloather

Jefferson,Pack your toothbrush you slimebag DUratscum. Bring some KY also. You will be somebody's biatch sooner than later. You gonna be movin on up....to the east side.....of the prison yard.


8 posted on 09/08/2006 4:28:51 PM PDT by shankbear
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To: Libloather

I would say that "the noose is tightening", but someone would probably find that offensive...


9 posted on 09/08/2006 4:29:08 PM PDT by danneskjold
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To: Libloather

Let's see, you pay a bribe and you get charged but if you accept the bribe and are a democrat congressman, you get nothing. Isn't that picture just a bit skewed?


10 posted on 09/08/2006 4:29:14 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Lokibob

I thought the same thing at first...both black and both scumbags.


11 posted on 09/08/2006 4:30:35 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Libloather

12 posted on 09/08/2006 4:30:44 PM PDT by mirkwood (Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.)
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reminds me of the torch torricelli in NJ....he was caught taking bribes.....the briber goes to jail....the torch (typical dem - part of the culture of corruption)...does not get convicted!!!!


13 posted on 09/08/2006 4:32:13 PM PDT by hnj_00
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To: Libloather

So the guy who PAID the money get jail time, but the guy who ACCEPTED the money still walks the halls of congress? Now there is true justice!


14 posted on 09/08/2006 4:33:08 PM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: Libloather

GOOD GRIEF !!!@

they've got this moron on video and his attorney's have the gall to make this statement ?

Must be Marion Barry's former attorney's.


15 posted on 09/08/2006 4:33:35 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: taxesareforever

Some animals are more equal than others.


16 posted on 09/08/2006 4:33:35 PM PDT by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: Libloather

Why hasn't Jackson been charged? Oh, Nevermind.


17 posted on 09/08/2006 4:35:54 PM PDT by oyez (The way to punish a providence is to allow it to be governed by philosophers. --Frederick the Great)
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To: Libloather

Vernon Jackson.

18 posted on 09/08/2006 4:36:03 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: exit82

Exactly, Vernon Jordan! But I did find a Clinton link to Jackson. It looks like he (Clinton), Jackson, Bill Gates and a bunch of others went to Africa together. I don't have the dates (was doing a goggle search and looking at titles).


19 posted on 09/08/2006 4:36:21 PM PDT by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: omega4179
Jefferson will be going to jail for a long time. They are just finishing up putting the case together and they want access to the files they recovered from his office. Jefferson is going down big time.

If anyone here thinks he is going to skate when the person whom bribed him went to jail, you are kidding yourself. You can bet that Vernon Jackson is extremely pissed off that he has already taken the fall and going to prison and Jefferson has not yet. He will give the feds anything and everything he can. I would not want to be Jefferson. If the Jackson got seven years, you can bet Jefferson will most likely get as much as 20.
20 posted on 09/08/2006 4:36:35 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: Libloather

thanks Lib, for adding to the thread the statement from Jefferson's lawyers. Gotta hand it to them, they are bold, this is almost daring them to indict Jefferson.



21 posted on 09/08/2006 4:37:52 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@Whazzzup with the feds for not indicting Jefferson already.com)
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To: hnj_00
...the torch (typical dem - part of the culture of corruption)...does not get convicted!!!!

Isn't he in jail right now?
22 posted on 09/08/2006 4:40:08 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: hnj_00
if you ever get the chance, take a look at the torches farewell speech as he tearfully left office....*sob ,sniff, sob sniff..blah blah blah..*sob sniff sniff*, blah blah,..and I want to say I'm sorry to Bill and Hillary...*sob, sniff*

this a year and a half after the clintons were banished from the WH....gives you some insight into the gang and who is close friends with who


Doogle
23 posted on 09/08/2006 4:45:19 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: msnimje

No, not Torrecelli. You're probably thinking of Traficant.


24 posted on 09/08/2006 4:45:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Libloather
Isn't taking the bribe as bad as giving it? Inquiring minds want to know.
25 posted on 09/08/2006 4:46:46 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: msnimje
Isn't he in jail right now?

...LOL...actually he is caught up in the most recent Melendez scandal here in jersey...he always seems to get his paws covered with mud

Doogle

26 posted on 09/08/2006 4:48:16 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: jazusamo
No, not Torrecelli. You're probably thinking of Traficant.

Yeah, that's it. Thanks
27 posted on 09/08/2006 4:48:30 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: msnimje

You maybe thinking of hair piece Traficant.


28 posted on 09/08/2006 4:48:53 PM PDT by deport (The Governor, The Foghorn, The Dingaling, The Joker, The other guy..... The Governor wins)
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To: Doogle

Where are you Doogle? I was born in Salem, NJ but have lived in the South long enough to no longer say "Churry Pie."


29 posted on 09/08/2006 4:50:46 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: Libloather

30 posted on 09/08/2006 4:51:44 PM PDT by Gritty (One misconception about us is we're godless and don't have any values - Howard Dean)
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To: Libloather

If Jackson is guilty of bribing William Jefferson, DemocRAT Lousiana, wouldn't Jefferson be guilty of taking bribes?


31 posted on 09/08/2006 4:52:09 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The "Peace sign" is the DemocRATS' last act of defiance before they cut 'n' run from the WOT.)
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To: Ellesu; caryatid

Ping!


32 posted on 09/08/2006 4:55:03 PM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Gritty

Awesome...I'm saving that cartoon.


33 posted on 09/08/2006 4:58:18 PM PDT by anthropos
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To: Libloather
I know I'm not the only one wishing Jackson was Jordan and Billy Jeff was BJ Clintoon himself.

"Vernon Jordan and William Jefferson Clinton"

How sweet would that be?

NFP

34 posted on 09/08/2006 5:01:58 PM PDT by Notforprophet (Democrats have stood their own arguments on their heads so often that they now stand for nothing.)
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To: TommyDale

Just one question... Who writes the laws... the guys who pay the bribes or the guys who get them?


35 posted on 09/08/2006 5:08:36 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Gritty

Oh Nancy....Ms. Botox....found your Culture of corruption again.

36 posted on 09/08/2006 5:08:38 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Libloather

What is pathetic is that the politician will probably do less time than the guy who felt pressured to pay off the politician. That is not to excuse the briber, but the briber usually just reacts to the bribee.


37 posted on 09/08/2006 5:09:39 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Hmmm...

I was bored and that struck me as somewhat appropriate.

38 posted on 09/08/2006 5:10:09 PM PDT by Mark-in-Kentucky
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To: Gritty

Ha! That's funny.


39 posted on 09/08/2006 5:12:15 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Libloather
Using my secret Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Decoder Ring and examining Karl Rove's tie, I've come to the conclusion that these charges will be filed the day the DNC releases their next culture of corruption PR.

And of course, the congresscritter's response will be 'this is just politics.' Of course, someone's going to jail for seven years, but it's just politics.
40 posted on 09/08/2006 5:26:20 PM PDT by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: Libloather
That info came from USNewswire, the ultimate media whoring outfit. They'll publish anything for you if you have the bucks.

In other words, since this is not legitimate "news," Jefferson had to resort to paying to spread his lies. I hope it cost him a bundle!

If it's from USNewswire, it may be an idle curiosity, but it is most certainly not "news."

It's kinda of interesting... I've noticed most of the stuff put out by USNewswire comes from the RATS. Maybe USNewswire is a front for the DNC or Soros.

41 posted on 09/08/2006 5:48:40 PM PDT by upchuck (Q:Why does President Bush support amnesty for illegal aliens? A:Read this: http://tinyurl.com/nyvno)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

In a real universe, yes.


42 posted on 09/09/2006 9:09:03 AM PDT by Joan912 (Sshhh - you'll scare all the bugs away!)
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To: Howlin
But is he talking?

Sounds like it...

But in his guilty plea, Mr. Jackson asserted that iGate’s payments to the family’s consulting firm amounted to bribes for Mr. Jefferson’s help. He also said he believed that if he had stopped paying, Mr. Jefferson would have quit helping him.

Mr. Jackson, a boisterous man as big as a football lineman, has been cooperating with federal authorities. In a recent interview, he declined to talk about details of the case. But he said that while he had lost an earlier company to chicanery by business associates, “I didn’t think it was going to happen to me in dealing with someone in government.”

Details - http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/16/washington/16jefferson.html

43 posted on 09/16/2006 6:35:54 AM PDT by Libloather (Just declare the UN as an enemy combatant and kick their ass out of this country!)
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