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Backers claim Justice Department using William Jefferson (D-La) as a scapegoat (Brownshirts blamed)
Yahoo ^ | 6/13/07 | CAIN BURDEAU

Posted on 06/13/2007 4:15:08 PM PDT by Libloather

Group Annouces Support for Jefferson
Wednesday June 13, 7:02 pm ET
By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer
Jefferson Backers Claim Justice Department Using Indicted Congressman As a Scapegoat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Supporters of a Democratic congressman charged with bribery and money laundering harkened to their civil rights days on Wednesday as they denounced the allegations against U.S. Rep. William Jefferson.

The group, including ministers and the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, alleged the 16-count corruption indictment was the work of a Republican White House and Justice Department scheming to target black Democratic leaders and shift attention from legal troubles of Republican congressmen.

"When it's all over, Bill Jefferson will stand up like Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. He will stand up in the South and he will be victorious," said the Rev. Samson "Skip" Alexander.

The news conference attended by about 50 people was a sign Jefferson hasn't lost friends in New Orleans, which re-elected him to a ninth term from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District in December 2006 despite an FBI probe of his African business dealings.

Prosecutors say Jefferson used his influence as co-chairman of the congressional Africa Investment and Trade Caucus to broker deals in numerous African nations, and that he demanded kickbacks for himself and for family members. He is also charged with bribing a Nigerian official.

He allegedly received more than $500,000 in bribes and demanded millions more between 2000 and 2005. He has pleaded not guilty.

The group said they would raise money for his legal defense and offer public relations help through the Justice for Jefferson Committee.

Washington asked the audience to give Jefferson the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Danatus King, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said, "it's important that all of us keep our eyes on the prize and that prize is one word, and that one word is justice."

Asked to comment on allegations aired at the news conference, Bryan Sierra, a Justice Department spokesman, said "I'm not even going to dignify that with a response." White House spokesman Blair Jones also declined to comment.

Not everyone in attendance at Wednesday's news conference expressed undivided loyalty to Jefferson.

Sitawi Jahi, a 54-year-old youth development program director, said he came "to gather facts." But he said his confidence in Jefferson was strained by some of the evidence, in particular an allegation the FBI found $90,000 in bribe money in the congressman's freezer.

"That's hard to explain," he said.

Jefferson's legal defense fund, set up about 18 months ago, has about $140,000, according to Walter Wilkerson, the lawyer handling the fund.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blamewhitey; coldhardcash; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; dncbrownshirts; felon; jefferson; justice; katrina; racebaiting; racialdivision; scapegoat; williamjefferson
The group is called - the Justice for Jefferson Committee.

From the original story -

Tracie Washington, a civil rights lawyer, described the prosecution of Jefferson as possibly the work "of a Machiavellian twist of Karl Rove and his sinister band of Brownshirts."

1 posted on 06/13/2007 4:15:13 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Rove was wearing an invisible cloak, developed by the CIA, when he put the $90,000K in Jefferson’s freezer! How kewl is that?


2 posted on 06/13/2007 4:17:39 PM PDT by Wheee The People (Go FRed)
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To: Wheee The People

This is unbelieveable..........

And remember how Nancy Pelosi campaigned on the issue of the culture of corruption. I guess she thinks only Republicans can be guilty of same.

Nancy was so concerned that she had said that even the appearance of impropriety was cause for concern.

Now, we’ll have to see what happens at trial, however, this guy had the money in his freezer, which certainly qualifies as the appearance of impropriety.

Or does the appearance of impropriety only apply to Republicans????????? Does Nancy think Democrats are so pure that there can’t be any appearance of wrongdoing on their part???????

I don’t want to pre-judge the guy, but there’s some strong evidence against him..................


3 posted on 06/13/2007 4:22:18 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Libloather

Shallow but predictable.


4 posted on 06/13/2007 4:22:54 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: Libloather

In their eyes, black people are never guilty of crimes because their actions are always to further the civil rights movement. Then in the same breath, they will deny that a criminal act was even committed.

They also believe that those that accuse and covict the criminal is the real criminal set up to bring the civil rights movement down.

No logic, no facts, no simple right and wrong, no morality.

It’s no wonder there are such deep divisions in this country.


5 posted on 06/13/2007 4:25:05 PM PDT by Hayzo
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Nancy and her clan have been so immersed in impropriety ... they can’t recognize it in themselves!
6 posted on 06/13/2007 4:26:19 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: MurryMom; Liz; Howlin
...the Justice for Jefferson Committee...

They need to form a group just to make sure Billy J.J. gets all 230 years behind bars?

7 posted on 06/13/2007 4:27:15 PM PDT by Libloather (That's just what I need - some two-bit, washed up, loser politician giving me weather forecasts...)
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To: Libloather


8 posted on 06/13/2007 4:27:55 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Wheee The People
Just really think about this for a moment...a United States Congressman has 90K stashed in his kitchen freezer. For once, racial components don’t enter into this criminal investigation because it is so damn obvious.

90 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH.

*this guy isn’t a crook?*

9 posted on 06/13/2007 4:32:15 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Libloather

He’s being persecuted by the mere appearance of impropriety. He only kept his cash in the freezer to protect it from global warming. It really is Karl’s fault.


10 posted on 06/13/2007 4:34:11 PM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
That 90 large was marked and serialized FBI ca$h. Pre-judge? Get me a rope!

LLS

11 posted on 06/13/2007 4:38:44 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Don’t forget that the National Guard escorted him to his house to get cash in the wake of Katrina. While people were stranded. Dying.

What a Democrat.


12 posted on 06/13/2007 4:55:07 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Libloather
Washington asked the audience to give Jefferson the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

I think they should treat him at least as well as they treat the Republicans accused of similar crimes. You know...that 'do unto others' thing.
13 posted on 06/13/2007 4:56:56 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: ishabibble
They are only upset because with all of the corruption among Louisiana Democrats, the Feds are only going after the black man.

Oh wait, former governor Edwin Edwards went to Federal prison in Texas.

Maybe the protesters don’t know this.

14 posted on 06/13/2007 4:57:22 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: weegee
"What a Democrat.

Typical Democrat.

15 posted on 06/13/2007 5:06:57 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: Libloather

Play that Funky race card black boy.
Play that funky race card Yeah.

Sing it baby.


16 posted on 06/13/2007 5:58:59 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: Wheee The People

These protected group caucuses seem to get kookier with each Congressional year. Only the Dems could put together coalitions of miniorities and nutter groups which see a conspiracy in every trial, every petition, every accusation or every indictment since their people could never, never be guilty of anything because Reagan, Bush, whites, big oil or someone other than their group could be guilty of anything. If the Pubs ever regain Congress, I hope they investigate every Dem group or rep on a daily basis and give them some of their own medicine.


17 posted on 06/13/2007 8:25:43 PM PDT by phillyfanatic ( w)
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To: Libloather

They really are targeting him unfairly. I mean who doesn’t have $90,000 in bribes in their freezer?


18 posted on 06/13/2007 9:36:24 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Dilbert San Diego
This is unbelieveable..........

And remember how Nancy Pelosi campaigned on the issue of the culture of corruption. I guess she thinks only Republicans can be guilty of same.

I think the culture of corruption is going to be San Fran Nan's downfall. This is another case of "Do as I say, not as I do". Can you imagine what they would be saying if this was a Republican from another state? They would be have asked for his / her resignation months ago. Remember Rep. Tom DeLay (R) Texas?

Here is another case of the dims' corruption.

Pelosi: Just Forget the Word 'Earmark'

19 posted on 06/14/2007 7:37:12 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Stop the invasion. Secure the borders now.)
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To: Libloather
"Danatus King, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said, "it's important that all of us keep our eyes on the prize and that prize is one word, and that one word is justice payolla."

There. Fixed it.

20 posted on 06/14/2007 7:40:05 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Libloather

You know, this whole story would be funny if not for the fact that these idiots are pefectly serious.


21 posted on 06/14/2007 7:41:45 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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