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William Jefferson (FELON-LA) Appeal Could Weaken Corruption Statute (perp still free)
Roll Call ^ | 12/12/11 | Amanda Becker

Posted on 12/21/2011 4:00:49 PM PST by Libloather

William Jefferson Appeal Could Weaken Corruption Statute
By Amanda Becker
Roll Call Staff
Dec. 12, 2011, Midnight

A federal prosecutor warned Friday that if the conviction of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) is reversed on appeal, it would place many fraudulent acts committed by lawmakers outside the scope of current bribery law.

Jefferson was convicted of 11 corruption charges in 2009, but his legal team is arguing that since the former Congressman’s scheme to connect businesses in which he had a financial stake with foreign governments was not related to his formal legislative duties, his activities are not covered by the bribery statute under which he was prosecuted.

Government prosecutors say agreeing with Jefferson’s argument would require a narrow interpretation of the law that is unprecedented.

“Congressman Jefferson asks this court to do something that no other court has done before. He asks this Court to find that a significant part of the job of a Member of Congress should be excluded from the reach of the federal bribery statute,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lytle told a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals during his closing arguments.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; felon; jefferson; la
William Jefferson has chance to shed 4 guilty counts, experts say

Though three appellate judges expressed skepticism last week about former Rep. William Jefferson's request for a new trial, he still could get some of the 11 guilty counts from his 2009 corruption trial overturned, according to legal experts. The question is whether such a legal victory would reduce his 13-year prison sentence, the longest ever in a corruption case for a member of Congress.

1 posted on 12/21/2011 4:01:00 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Is this the guy with the cold cash in the ice box ???

2 posted on 12/21/2011 4:01:58 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana


3 posted on 12/21/2011 4:02:24 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Libloather

If he wins his appeal, he’ll probably want the Ice Cash back too!

4 posted on 12/21/2011 4:09:51 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

O will probably build the guy a new house.

Calling him a brother or a dude would may have got me tossed.

5 posted on 12/21/2011 4:17:12 PM PST by hadaclueonce (how is that hope working out? here is your change and I am going to keep it.)
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To: Libloather

I want this corrupt azzhole in prison!

6 posted on 12/21/2011 7:18:46 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (VOTE 'ECONOMIC FREEDOM'! NO more 0bamao!)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
"I want this corrupt azzhole in prison!"

..and his little ice box too!

7 posted on 12/21/2011 7:56:41 PM PST by clearcarbon
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