Skip to comments.Hold it: How long can a man wait? (Bathroom break is part of William Jefferson D-La case)
Posted on 10/10/2007 5:07:26 PM PDT by Libloather
Hold it: How long can a man wait?
Bathroom break is part of Jefferson case Wednesday,
October 10, 2007
By Bruce Alpert
WASHINGTON -- In a case already fraught with precedent-setting legal questions, attorneys for Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, are seeking perhaps another first in judicial opinions.
Is it reasonable, the lawyers ask a federal judge, to believe that a 58-year-old man could wait more than two hours after awakening in the morning before taking a bathroom break?
The issue is raised in motions intended to cast doubt on the Justice Department's contention that FBI agents did not restrict Jefferson's movements until they began a court-authorized search of his home, about 2 1/2 hours after they knocked on his door and awakened him from a night's sleep.
The timing is important because Jefferson's attorneys say a person who believes he is being restricted in his actions must be read the Miranda rights before he can be questioned by law enforcement agents.
In an earlier motion, Jefferson, now 60, said he answered a knock on his door at 7 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2005, barefoot, wearing an undershirt and a pair of pants he had quickly put on, to find the waiting agents. At one point, according to Jefferson, the lead agent told him this would "be the worst day of his life."
Jefferson's attorneys are asking federal Judge T.S. Ellis III not to allow Jefferson's statements, which the Justice Department describes as "incriminating," to be used in the upcoming trial in which the congressman is accused of bribery, racketeering and other charges. In the motion filed last month, defense attorneys said Jefferson was accompanied to the bathroom by an armed FBI agent who insisted that the nine-term congressman keep the door open.
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He could've put some ice on it...
OJ Simpson has a better case.
I'm nowhere near 58, but since I was nine years old -- to avoid wetting the bed -- I have gone to the bathroom before hitting the sack. It just became part of my routine, and I'm on a three-decade winning streak.
It goes to the credibility of Jefferson that he's reduced to making reference to bathroom issues. Remember how Gore defended himself against charges of knowledge his fundraising activities were illegal by saying he might have been on a bathroom break after drinking copious amounts of iced tea?
Are you a male? If so, LOL on you when your prostate inevitably enlarges! I fondly remember the days when I was young and naive......
How do they know that he didn’t get up in the middle of the night .... several times ....?????
So now the prosecutors have to ask whether the person has to go to the bathroom? It doesn’t occur to Jefferson to tell them he has to go?
Boy oh Boy...are you in for a surprise.
Anyone who keeps money in their freezer might have a problems with rational thinking .... but then too, he should have asked for a break or his lawyer should ....