Skip to comments.Rep. Bill Jefferson (11-time RAT FELON-LA) corruption case appellate arguments scheduled
Posted on 06/27/2011 7:44:46 AM PDT by Libloather
Rep. Bill Jefferson corruption case appellate arguments scheduled
By Times-Picayune Staff
Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:03 AM
After a series of lengthy delays, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled oral arguments for former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's appeal of his corruption conviction.
A three-judge panel in the Richmond, Va., court announced that it plans to hear the arguments sometime between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23.
A Virginia jury found Jefferson, a nine-term New Orleans Democrat, guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges in August 2009. The jury found that Jefferson demanded, and in some cases received, money from businesses in return for his help with business projects, mostly in western Africa.
His lawyers argue that Judge T.S. Ellis III made several errors during the trial -- among them telling the jury that it is well established that attempting to influence foreign leaders is a part of a House member's official duties, and therefore payments could be construed as bribes. Jefferson's lawyers say Jefferson was acting as a private consultant when he met with foreign leaders on behalf of clients, not as a member of Congress.
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If convicted he would be reelected in a landslide like Alcee Hastings.