Skip to comments.Most principals in William Jefferson (FELON-LA) case doing poorly a year after his sentencing
Posted on 12/16/2010 11:38:09 AM PST by Libloather
Most principals in William Jefferson case doing poorly a year after his sentencing
By Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune
Published: Sunday, November 28, 2010, 9:00 AM
A little more than a year after he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for public corruption, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson from New Orleans remains free pending an appeal that likely won't be resolved until the spring or early summer.
But for some of the people and businesses caught up in what federal prosecutors called a web of shakedown schemes orchestrated by Jefferson, no appeals court ruling will reverse the bankruptcies, loss of business and prison terms the scandal left in its wake.
There are some exceptions to the mostly gloomy news coming from former associates the nine-term Democratic congressman from New Orleans.
Vernon Jackson, the CEO of iGate Inc., had his 87-month sentence reduced to three years following the Jefferson trial. He calls his time behind bars the "greatest years of my life" because it brought him closer to God, and says he now is devoting his life to being a pastor and caring for his wife, who he says is doing "better" health wise.
Also doing well is Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria who, according to federal prosecutors, was to be a recipient of bribes from Jefferson and iGate to facilitate approval of Jackson's plans to wire the Western African nation for cable, Internet and telephone services. He is now running for his nation's presidency.
According to real estate records, his American-born wife, Jennifer, is still listed as the owner of the 21-room mansion in tony Potomac, Md. . The home is currently assessed at $3 million.
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And hasn't served one day.
Jefferson bases appeal on instructions
By The Associated Press November 17, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. A former Louisiana congressman convicted of taking bribes after investigators found thousands of dollars in his freezer is asking an appeals court to throw out his convictions because he claims the judge gave jurors erroneous instructions.
In a court filing Monday, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to throw out all of his convictions. Jefferson's lawyers claim U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III relied on a "hopelessly vague" interpretation of the bribery statute when he instructed jurors.
"The federal bribery statute should not be interpreted to require defendants to have a crystal ball in order to comply with it," the attorneys wrote.
"Nor may it have a meaning so shifting and vague that to enforce it, the government must redefine its key terms ... in each case, and in a manner that will inevitably favor conviction."
And why isn’t Charlie Rangel his cell mate ?
“former DEMOCRAT U.S. Rep. William Jefferson from New Orleans” -— fixed
>> Also doing well is Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria...
Hey! I KNOW THAT GUY!
We’re ePenPals. I’m gonna help him bring some money into the country, and he’s going to give me a generous share of it!
I agree, but I don't think he will hand them out till a day after the 2012 election.
The Rat Jefferson is on his own until then, that's why he's appealing at a snail's pace.
Why isn’t he in jail? As far as I am concerned anyone found guilty are guilty until the appeal says otherwise and should be serving their term until the appeal is settled one way or the other. The only ones who get to stay out while the appeal goes on are the well connected criminals we call politicians.
Hey, wait a moment....I just bought one third of a diamond mine there! I sure hope nothing happens to him, so that I can get my money! /s