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Judge refuses to toss out indictment against La. congressman (William Jefferson D-La)
NOLA ^ | 2/06/08

Posted on 02/06/2008 5:24:26 PM PST by Libloather

Judge refuses to toss out indictment against La. congressman
2/6/2008, 6:07 p.m. CST
The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has refused to toss out an indictment against a Louisiana congressman accused of taking bribes, rejecting the argument that the indictment unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman.

The ruling Wednesday could prompt a delay in the trial of Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, who faces up to 235 years in prison on bribery and other charges.

According to court papers, defense lawyers have indicated they will likely appeal the ruling.

Normally defendants are only allowed to appeal such rulings after a trial has taken place. But because this particular ruling touches on key constitutional questions regarding the separation of powers, the defense is permitted to file a pre-trial appeal.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 110th; coldcash; corruptdems; cultureofcorruption; indictment; jefferson; judge; perp; ratcrime; williamjefferson
Billy Jeff's trial starts February 25th.
1 posted on 02/06/2008 5:24:36 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

“Dollar Bill” is going to trial; pass the popcorn.


2 posted on 02/06/2008 5:25:39 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Libloather
A judge has refused to toss out an indictment against a Louisiana congressman (William Jefferson) accused of taking bribes, rejecting the argument that the indictment unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman.

It will be interesting to see if the lamestream media pickup on the fact that a Democrat is arguing that his bribery and corruption charges are unconstitutional because he is a congressman.

3 posted on 02/06/2008 5:27:44 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: Libloather
A judge has refused to toss out an indictment against a Louisiana congressman (William Jefferson) accused of taking bribes, rejecting the argument that the indictment unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman.

It will be interesting to see if the lamestream media pickup on the fact that a Democrat is arguing that his bribery and corruption charges are unconstitutional because he is a congressman.

4 posted on 02/06/2008 5:27:51 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: Libloather
A judge has refused to toss out an indictment against a Louisiana congressman (William Jefferson) accused of taking bribes, rejecting the argument that the indictment unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman.

It will be interesting to see if the lamestream media pickup on the fact that a Democrat is arguing that his bribery and corruption charges are unconstitutional because he is a congressman.

5 posted on 02/06/2008 5:27:54 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: VeniVidiVici

You can say that again.


6 posted on 02/06/2008 5:30:26 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: UCANSEE2

LOL!


7 posted on 02/06/2008 5:31:36 PM PST by shiva
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To: UCANSEE2

LOL!


8 posted on 02/06/2008 5:31:47 PM PST by shiva
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To: Libloather
Billy Jeff's trial starts February 25th

Be still my heart.

I was thinking of the other Billy Jeff, WJCx42.

9 posted on 02/06/2008 5:33:31 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Libloather
Insert freezer jokes here:

I think they got him cold.

They're ganna put him on ice

They're ganna lock him in the cooler.

10 posted on 02/06/2008 5:35:01 PM PST by txroadkill (Liberals believe that the only oppressed people in Cuba are the terrorist in GitMo)
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To: SandRat
In case anyone is confused...
From Article I, Section 6 of the United States Constitution:
They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

Seems pretty straight forward to me.
Let's hope he drags this out, takes it to SCOTUS, and embarasses his friends in high places along the way as he loses in ridicule.

Has Speaker Pelosi scheduled the Article I Section 5 expulsion vote yet? Oh, didn't think so. Sickening.

11 posted on 02/06/2008 5:35:37 PM PST by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: Libloather
...unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman.

Indeed. And if they did, wouldn't the Constitution's prohibition against "an order of nobility" require the court to take those privileges away from all congressmen?

12 posted on 02/06/2008 5:36:40 PM PST by Grut
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To: Libloather

To some extent I believe the GOP lost the last election based upon Haster’s ridiculous objection that congressional privilege prohibited searching Jefferson’s office. What bunk.


13 posted on 02/06/2008 5:36:42 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Libloather
constitutionally protected activities by the congressman.

Bhwwaaa ha ha ha

They say that with a straight face. The lies of the loonies are so blatant, and they're told them so long, I think they actually believe them,

Were he a republican, his story would have been above the fold news for the past how many years??? 3 now?

He would also, long ago, been tarred, feathered and ridden out of town the very week his 'cold cash' was pulled out of the freezer - can someone please tell me why he continues to sit in Congress?

14 posted on 02/06/2008 5:38:54 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: UCANSEE2
You can say that again.


15 posted on 02/06/2008 5:40:33 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: Libloather

Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbed.


16 posted on 02/06/2008 5:41:02 PM PST by SmithL (My tagline dropped out)
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To: UCANSEE2; VeniVidiVici
You can say that again.

And again.......and one more time for good measure? :)

When is the last time you did any mouse maintenance?

The left click button needs oil every 12 months or 12 million clicks - which ever comes first.

17 posted on 02/06/2008 5:42:57 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: BlueNgold
Seems pretty straight forward to me.

I don't see anything in there that says he's protected "when going to and returning from his bribery payment to his personal freezer in his house" ?

18 posted on 02/06/2008 5:43:34 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: Libloather
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19 posted on 02/06/2008 5:43:59 PM PST by txroadkill (Liberals believe that the only oppressed people in Cuba are the terrorist in GitMo)
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To: Libloather

Michael Vick may be getting a roommate.


20 posted on 02/06/2008 5:44:55 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: txroadkill

21 posted on 02/06/2008 5:46:12 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: BlueNgold
Has Speaker Pelosi scheduled the Article I Section 5 expulsion vote yet? Oh, didn't think so.

She's too loaded with with everything and anything to get back at Bush on everything and anything - real or imagined

22 posted on 02/06/2008 5:48:40 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: Libloather
Of course they could always throw out several charges and hack 135 years off his sentence. That'd only leave 100.

Yep, that'll work for me.

23 posted on 02/06/2008 5:50:39 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: Libloather

Hard to believe that he would not toss it out. Must be the only judge in Lousiana that is not on the take.


24 posted on 02/06/2008 6:00:42 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Libloather

I guess some good news for the day is welcome.


25 posted on 02/06/2008 6:01:33 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Libloather

Or is the judge in VA?


26 posted on 02/06/2008 6:01:33 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Libloather
Billy Jeff's trial starts February 25th.

Wanna bet?

Just compare and contrast this deal with the way Libby was handled. Proesecuting this crook will be called 'racism'.

27 posted on 02/06/2008 6:04:47 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: SmithL
Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbed.

Of that...there can be no doubt.


28 posted on 02/06/2008 6:05:59 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Bureaucracy is a parasite that preys on Free Thought and suffocates Free Spirit.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

a Democrat is arguing that his bribery and corruption charges are unconstitutional because he is a congressman.
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I’d say that if he can use routine and accepted practices as a defense he is likely to win.


29 posted on 02/06/2008 6:30:13 PM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: Libloather

Don’t be too concerned for justice. Hitlery, our new President, upon Jefferson’s conviction, will issue an executive pardon. And the sick part about it is the overrun liberal courts will not object.


30 posted on 02/06/2008 6:32:46 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Libloather

This is blatant racism at its finest!

:-)


31 posted on 02/06/2008 7:21:34 PM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a conservative and Rush Limbaugh knows it.)
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To: Libloather

This judge for SCOTUS

:)


32 posted on 02/06/2008 8:28:47 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: UCANSEE2

Were you talking to Veni, Vidi, or Vici?


33 posted on 02/06/2008 9:11:27 PM PST by azsportsterman
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To: UCANSEE2
You can say that again.

Crud. I hate when that happens :)

34 posted on 02/06/2008 11:07:17 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: Libloather

Miracles do happen.


35 posted on 02/07/2008 12:20:29 AM PST by TheThinker (We should let lazy people starve. Socialism meant to help them enslaves the rest of us.)
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