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  • SPITZ WILL TALK DIRTY TO PANEL (Eliot to be subpoenaed - commission filled with Spitzer appointees)

    07/14/2008 7:49:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 137+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7/14/08 | Fredric Dicker
    SPITZ WILL TALK DIRTY TO PANELLast updated: 3:51 am July 14, 2008 Fredric Dicker DISGRACED former Gov. Eliot Spitzer will be subpoenaed within weeks to give his first public testimony in the Dirty Tricks Scandal if, as expected, a state commission charges his former aide Darren Dopp with violating state law. Dopp lawyer Michael Koenig, a former federal prosecutor, has concluded Spitzer's testimony would be crucial to back up his client's claim that the former governor gave the go-ahead for every step in the plot that used the State Police to gather purportedly damaging information on now-former Senate Majority Leader...
  • Easleys took lovely trips abroad; we got the bill (Lame duck NC RAT elite junketeers live it up!)

    07/04/2008 11:14:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 287+ views
    Winston Salem Journal ^ | 7/03/08 | Scott Sexton
    Easleys took lovely trips abroad; we got the billBy Scott Sexton | Journal Columnist Published: July 3, 2008 It's a rhetorical question with an obvious answer, but one that nonetheless bears asking in light of Gov. Mike "Tax Hike" Easley's lame attempt at explaining the extravagant (and taxpayer-borne) costs of overseas junkets that he and first lady Mary Easley enjoyed. Who is dumber, a European restaurateur who tries to sell a cheeseburger and onion rings combo for $60 or the rube from Brunswick County who pays $60 for it? Hmmm. Yet Easley used that very example in a news conference...
  • Albany DA to release Spitzer, aides testimony in probe (Eliot LIED? The legacy grows)

    06/07/2008 7:52:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies · 198+ views
    WHEC ^ | 6/06/08
    Albany DA to release Spitzer, aides testimony in probePosted at: 06/06/2008 04:46:53 PM Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares says he will release the secret testimony of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his top aides in the dirty tricks probe that consumed much of Spitzer's abbreviated term. Soares will release thousands of pages of documents sought by several news organizations after the material is reviewed according to county policy. The testimony could show how involved Spitzer was in the work of two staffers who collected state police travel logs that showed Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno - Spitzer's adversary...
  • Woman pleads guilty in Spitzer call girl scandal (Madam mum on cooperation)

    06/04/2008 7:10:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 166+ views
    Auburnpub ^ | 6/04/08
    Woman pleads guilty in Spitzer call girl scandalBy The Associated Press Wednesday, June 4, 2008 11:38 AM EDT NEW YORK - A woman accused of helping run the prostitution ring patronized by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to violate federal prostitution laws. Prosecutors say Cecil Suwal, 23, ran the day-to-day operations of the Emperors Club V.I.P. escort service, which charged clients up to $5,500 an hour for the services of its women. Suwal was accused of supervising the company's booking agents, paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to prostitutes and controlling shell companies used to...
  • 50 Cent's mansion goes up in smoke (Ex-girlfriend points finger at 50 Cent)

    05/30/2008 7:44:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 165+ views
    50 Cent's mansion goes up in smokeLast Updated: 30 May 2008 10:24 PM A "suspicious" fire has burned down a multimillion-dollar home owned by rapper 50 Cent. Arson squad investigators were on the scene of the blaze which injured six people. A lawyer for the Grammy-nominated rapper's former girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, said the woman lived in the Long Island house with two of her children. A fire service spokesman said all six people were taken to hospital where they are in a stable condition after suffering smoke inhalation. Earlier this year, Tompkins filed a lawsuit against 50 Cent, whose real...
  • Former Loveland Teacher Sentenced For Sex Assault (these perps should have their own cable channel)

    05/28/2008 8:56:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1,701+ views
    CBS4 Denver ^ | 5/28/08
    Former Loveland Teacher Sentenced For Sex AssaultMay 28, 2008 3:37 pm US/Mountain FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) A former social studies teacher at a Loveland middle school is being ordered to spend one year behind bars and 10 years on probation for sexually assaulting an underage girl. Larimer County District Judge James Hiatt handed down the sentence Tuesday to 42-year-old Michael Gaylor. The former Walt Clark Middle School teacher apologized in court, saying he took advantage of his position without any regard for the girl. He said he took the victim's innocence, and called his former students victims, saying they'll "forever...
  • Waiver Is Sought on Claims of Spitzer (E-mails are a small problem)

    03/25/2008 8:26:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 410+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/26/08 | DANNY HAKIM
    Waiver Is Sought on Claims of SpitzerBy DANNY HAKIM Published: March 26, 2008 ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has been asked by the Albany County district attorney, P. David Soares, to allow the district attorney to make public the findings in his latest investigation of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s administration. **SNIP** One of the waivers the district attorney is seeking relates to e-mail messages and other material that Mr. Spitzer’s office turned over in response to a grand jury subpoena, an unusual move given the secrecy surrounding such proceedings. The executive branch would also need to consider what precedent...
  • Way cleared for Congressman William Jefferson's D-La appeal (throw out 14 of 16 criminal charges)

    03/23/2008 5:58:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 988+ views
    NOLA ^ | 3/21/08 | Bruce Alpert
    Way cleared for Congressman Jefferson's appealby Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Friday March 21, 2008, 7:54 AM WASHINGTON -- A judge's ruling Thursday should restart the stalled legal proceedings in Rep. William Jefferson's efforts to have a federal appeals court throw out 14 of 16 criminal charges against him. The ruling by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III about grand jury documents is likely to free the Justice Department to ask the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., for expedited consideration of the New Orleans Democrat's appeal and allow that court to set dates for the filings of briefs...
  • Civil suit in iGate case is delayed (until end of Rep. William Jefferson D-La bribery trial)

    02/26/2008 5:16:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 94+ views ^ | 2/26/08
    Civil suit in iGate case is delayedASSOCIATED PRESS Posted on Tue, Feb. 26, 2008 LOUISVILLE --The civil case against an indicted Louisiana congressman and a former business associate was delayed Monday until the criminal case against the lawmaker is over. U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson halted proceedings against Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson; his wife; and Vernon Jackson, former chief executive of the Louisville-based telecommunications firm iGate. Simpson said little could be done to advance the case while the criminal charges are pending. Jefferson's criminal trial on racketeering and other charges was scheduled to begin Monday in Alexandria, Va., but...
  • D-La. Rep. Jefferson appeals judge's ruling; trial to be delayed (protected from prosecution?)

    02/20/2008 5:12:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 208+ views
    KATC ^ | 2/20/08
    La. Rep. Jefferson appeals judge's ruling; trial to be delayedAssociated Press - February 20, 2008 6:24 PM ET McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The trial of Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, who's charged with bribery, will be delayed so an appellate court can hear arguments on whether his status as a congressman protects him from prosecution. Jefferson's trial was scheduled to start Monday. Defense lawyers filed their appeal today in federal court in Alexandria. The appeal had been expected since earlier this month, when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis the Third rejected the argument that the 16-count indictment should be tossed because...
  • William Jefferson D-La strategies may be incompatible (Bribery trial begins February 25th)

    02/17/2008 3:48:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 150+ views
    NOLA ^ | 2/17/08 | Bruce Alpert & Bill Walsh
    Jefferson strategies may be incompatible One defense Rep. William Jefferson has mounted to contest federal bribery charges against him might be undermining another defense he has raised. Jefferson contends he shouldn't be charged with public bribery because he never performed "official acts," such as voting or introducing legislation, to promote business ventures in Africa. He also has tried to get the bribery charges thrown out by saying the grand jury that indicted him in June heard details of his legislative activities in violation of the Constitution's "speech or debate" clause. But in a written ruling last week, U.S. District Judge...
  • Judge refuses to toss out indictment against La. congressman (William Jefferson D-La)

    02/06/2008 5:24:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies · 192+ views
    NOLA ^ | 2/06/08
    Judge refuses to toss out indictment against La. congressman2/6/2008, 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...
  • Watchdogs hit William Jefferson (D-La) on ‘blood diamond’ trips

    01/23/2008 3:59:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 162+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/08 | Susan Crabtree
    Watchdogs hit Jefferson on ‘blood diamond’ tripsBy Susan Crabtree Posted: 01/23/08 12:01 AM [ET] Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), who is fighting a wide array of corruption and bribery charges, violated House ethics rules in failing to report three trips to Botswana aimed at convincing him to oppose limits on “blood diamond” imports into the U.S., according to ethics experts. Jefferson, whose name recently turned up in the prosecution of a former diamond executive in Botswana, took four trips to that country beginning with a 2001 trip sponsored by the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower in April 2001. Jefferson...
  • William Jefferson D-La linked to Africa diamonds case (excrement hitting the fan?)

    01/18/2008 5:29:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies · 764+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 1/18/08 | CAIN BURDEAU
    Jefferson linked to Africa diamonds caseBy CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS --Rep. William Jefferson, facing a federal trial on corruption charges, has been linked to the prosecution of a former diamond executive in Botswana, opening a new window onto the congressman's dealings in Africa. The New Orleans Democrat and his family allegedly were the recipients of illegally funded trips to Botswana in 2001 and 2002, according to charges Botswanan prosecutors have filed against the former director of the Debswana Diamond Co. Ltd., a partnership between diamond giant De Beers SA and the Botswana government. Jefferson has not been...
  • Botswana: Senator William Jefferson D-La Graces Nchindo Charge Sheet (more trouble for Billy Jeff)

    01/10/2008 4:35:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 559+ views
    All Africa ^ | 1/10/07 | Tshireletso Motlogelwa
    Botswana: Senator Jefferson Graces Nchindo Charge SheetMmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone) 10 January 2008 Posted to the web 10 January 2008 Tshireletso Motlogelwa The embattled United States Senator, William Jefferson has turned up in the charge sheet brought by the prosecution against former Debswana chief executive, Louis Nchindo and other senior members of the company. Jefferson, who late last year was served with a 95 page long indictment by the US department of justice on a wide range of criminal charges relating to his various trips to Africa, visited Botswana a few years ago on two occasions. Late last year, the media...
  • Knife thief runs from store, trips, stabs self

    01/09/2008 5:18:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 206+ views
    China Daily ^ | 1/09/08
    Knife thief runs from store, trips, stabs self(Xinhua) Updated: 2008-01-09 20:52 BEIJING -- A man running from a western Michigan store with stolen hunting knives hidden in his pants tripped, fell and stabbed himself in the stomach, police say. The suspect was hospitalized after Monday night's attempted theft from a Meijer Inc. superstore in the US city of Grand Rapids and is expected to face a misdemeanor shoplifting charge, police say. "The man was taken to the hospital," said Meijer spokesman Frank Giuliano. "We are cooperating with the investigation by police." The wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, The...
  • Feds spell out names in graft case (William Jefferson D-La, wife, brother)

    01/08/2008 4:02:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 193+ views
    NOLA ^ | 1/08/08 | Bruce Alpert
    Feds spell out names in graft caseJefferson's wife, brother and son-in-law listed Tuesday, January 08, 2008 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is for the first time disclosing the names of business executives and family members it says are connected to the public corruption case against Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans. **SNIP** Among the allegations in the Justice Department's brief: -- The congressman's son-in-law Philip Jones had a 2003 contract for 5 percent of each $7 million garbage-to-energy incinerator he helped LETH Energy, now Global Environmental Inc., sell in Nigeria. Jones' agreement called for him to provide the...
  • William Jefferson's D-La help had a price, feds say

    12/25/2007 5:15:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies · 184+ views
    NOLA ^ | 12/24/07 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson's help had a price, feds sayPair expected to testify on incinerator firm Monday, December 24, 2007 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- He is a former aide to the late Sen. Russell Long, D-La., who became an energy lobbyist. She is a Florida businesswoman who has invested in a number of struggling businesses with potential for big profits. What James Creaghan and Noreen Wilson have in common, according to the Justice Department, is a reliance on U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, to help win contracts in western Africa. The government says that in return for that help, the congressman...
  • Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) gets $1 million in earmarks

    12/22/2007 6:41:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 424+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/22/07
    THE omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Wednesday contains $1 million in earmarks requested by Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), who is under federal criminal indictment for racketeering, money laundering and solicitation of bribes. Jefferson got a $500,000 earmark to finance bus facilities for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority and another $500,000 earmark for speed-rail corridors crossings in Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Agent: FBI had questions about William Jefferson D-La since 1990s

    12/21/2007 6:14:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 107+ views
    KATC ^ | 12/21/07
    Agent: FBI had questions about Jefferson since 1990s ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The FBI had information about potentially shady business deals involving a Louisiana congressman going back the late 1990s _ at least eight years before he was indicted for taking bribes, an FBI agent testified Thursday. FBI agent Timothy Thibault said during a pretrial hearing at U.S. District Court that he found a bureau document from the late 1990s questioning Rep. William Jefferson's business deals with a sugar company. It was not immediately clear what investigation, if any, occurred at the time. Jefferson, a Democrat from New Orleans, was indicted...
  • Judge rejects La. congressman's motion (to move trial of William Jefferson D-La)

    12/01/2007 3:42:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 11/30/07 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Judge rejects La. congressman's motionBy MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer Posted on Fri, Nov. 30, 2007 ALEXANDRIA, Va. --A federal judge Friday rejected an attempt by a Louisiana congressman charged with taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to move his trial out of northern Virginia. Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., had argued that the government unfairly brought charges against him in suburban Alexandria rather than the District of Columbia because it wanted a venue where fewer blacks are in the jury pool. Jefferson, who represents much of New Orleans, is black. Prosecutors contend that northern Virginia is an...
  • Prosecutors say William Jefferson D-La used CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) position in scheme

    11/20/2007 6:32:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 100+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/07 | Susan Crabtree
    Prosecutors say Jefferson used CBC position in schemeBy Susan Crabtree November 20, 2007 Federal prosecutors are accusing Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) of using his position as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to further an additional bribery scheme that was not previously disclosed. Prosecutors allege Jefferson wrote to a NASA administrator on Congressional Black Caucus Foundation letterhead to ask that it consider doing business with a U.S. rocket technology company. In a seven-page document filed last week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, prosecutors said Jefferson recommended that NASA give “close consideration” to the company, which allegedly agreed to...
  • William Jefferson D-La tries to get case thrown out (no "official act" for bribe)

    11/13/2007 2:56:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 98+ views ^ | 11/12/07 | John Bresnahan
    Jefferson tries to get case thrown outBy: John Bresnahan Nov 12, 2007 07:35 PM EST Jefferson has been indicted on a litany of federal charges, including bribery. Photo: AP Who says lawyers aren’t creative? Attorneys for indicted Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) are citing new Senate legislation designed to make it easier to prosecute corrupt pols as a reason to throw out parts of the bribery and corruption case against the lawmaker. Jefferson has been indicted on a litany of federal charges, including bribery, in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. His trial is set to start in mid-January, but...
  • Jefferson attorneys request to use names (William Jefferson D-La)

    10/28/2007 6:53:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 159+ views
    NOLA ^ | October 28, 2007
    Jefferson attorneys request to use names Attorneys for Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, are asking Virginia District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III to give them permission to refer to the real names of business executives and Nigerian leaders alluded to in the Justice Department's 16-count indictment of the congressman by pseudonyms such as "Businessperson A," "Businessperson DEF," "Nigerian Official A" and other similar references. Many of the names have already been deciphered through a government list of unindicted co-conspirators and there's no longer any reason for secrecy because the grand jury investigating the congressman has returned its indictment, Jefferson's attorneys...
  • Hsu Seeks to Have California Case Dropped

    10/25/2007 4:03:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 49+ views
    Malaysia News via Yahoo ^ | 10/26/07 | PAUL ELIAS
    Hsu Seeks to Have Calif. Case DroppedBy PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer AP - Friday, October 26 SAN FRANCISCO - Disgraced political donor Norman Hsu wasn't hiding from anyone over the past few years, his lawyers say. If California authorities really wanted to find him, they could have asked Hillary Rodham Clinton or one of the other prominent Democrats he showered with cash donations. Hsu is asking a judge to toss his 15-year-old felony fraud conviction, arguing that his right to a speedy trial was violated because authorities weren't actively pursuing him. They could easily have arrested Hsu, his lawyers...
  • William Jefferson [Democrat, Louisiana] aides testify on contacts

    10/21/2007 6:36:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 148+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/20/07 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson aides testify on contactsDiscussion off limits, defense tells judge Saturday, October 20, 2007 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- Rep. William Jefferson's former chief of staff told a Virginia grand jury that the New Orleans Democrat personally knew 30 leaders in African nations because of his work passing an Africa trade bill in 1997. Transcripts of some of the grand jury testimony by current and former Jefferson staffers, as well as a secretly taped conversation with another former aide for the congressman, are contained in back-and-forth legal filings by Jefferson's defense team and federal prosecutors in the Justice Department's case...
  • Congressmen press Justice to test Sandy Berger (plea deal conditions still not met)

    10/14/2007 5:45:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies · 101+ views
    Congressmen press Justice to test Sandy BergerStill no polygraph as agreed in plea deal, 'national security' at issue Posted: October 12, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2007 Two years after agreeing to a polygraph in a plea deal, former National Security adviser Sandy Berger still has not taken the test, prompting 23 Republican Congress members to demand action by the Department of Justice. The aim is to determine "what documents were stolen and how our national security was compromised," said the letter by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., to the acting attorney general. Berger – who was placed on probation,...
  • William Jefferson D-La team aims to avoid freezer burn (too much pretrial publicity on Google)

    09/25/2007 4:12:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 102+ views
    NOLA ^ | 9/23/07 | Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh
    Sunday, September 23, 2007 By Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh **SNIP** Jefferson team aims to avoid freezer burn Attorneys for Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, are asking Virginia District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III to craft a questionnaire to ensure that potential jurors for the congressman's corruption trial, now slated for January, aren't biased by all the pretrial publicity. "The fact that $90,000 was found in Mr. Jefferson's freezer has been repeated so often in print and electronic media that it has virtually become a national catchphrase," the attorneys said in their filing to Ellis. "And in addition to the...
  • (Former Agriculture Secretary Mike) Espy donates to William Jefferson’s D-La legal defense fund

    08/01/2007 6:10:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 313+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/01/07 | Susan Crabtree & Kevin Bogardus
    Espy donates to Jefferson’s legal defense fundBy Susan Crabtree and Kevin Bogardus August 01, 2007 Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, who was forced out of office in 1994 after allegations surfaced that he improperly took gifts from businesses and lobbyists, donated $1,000 to Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) legal expense fund in early June. Espy, the first black person to hold the position of Agriculture secretary, was acquitted of 30 corruption charges brought against him by an independent counsel four years after leaving office. The charges included accusations that he took $35,000 in gifts. He was also the first USDA chief...
  • Lawmakers may investigate Eliot Spitzer D-NY staff (Is impeachment near?)

    07/25/2007 2:53:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies · 1,203+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/25/07 | CHRIS CAROLA
    Lawmakers may investigate Spitzer staffBy CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 19 minutes ago New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks at a news conference, with Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., in the background, at the Erie Canal Harbor development site in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Don Heupel) SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A state Senate committee with subpoena power may investigate an alleged plot by two of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's aides to smear the governor's Republican nemesis, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno said Wednesday. The two Spitzer aides had refused to be interviewed during Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's...
  • William Jefferson (D-La) linked to BR sugar company (Billy Jeff OKs seizure of retirement savings)

    07/04/2007 6:34:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1,265+ views
    2theadvocate ^ | 7/03/07 | GERARD SHIELDS
    Jefferson linked to BR sugar companyBy GERARD SHIELDS Advocate Washington bureau Published: Jul 3, 2007 - Page: 1A WASHINGTON — Baton Rouge-based Arkel Sugar was the subject of two 2001 meetings between federal Export-Import Bank officials and U.S. Rep. William Jefferson or one of his aides about a sugar plant in Nigeria, bank officials have confirmed. Jefferson, a New Orleans Democrat, was indicted June 4 on a wide range of public corruption charges, including that he solicited bribes from companies wanting to do business in Nigeria. Jefferson has pleaded innocent to the 16 counts. The indictment accuses him of trying...
  • William Jefferson D-La. faces civil suit tied to alleged bribes

    06/23/2007 8:49:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 672+ views
    Yahoo Search | 6/22/07
    Jefferson faces civil suit tied to alleged bribes Big Media Story
  • William Jefferson D-La deals all in the family, feds say (Brother Mose always gets a cut)

    06/16/2007 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1,149+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/16/07 | Bill Walsh
    Jefferson deals all in the family, feds sayBrother always gets a cut, indictment says Saturday, June 16, 2007 By Bill Walsh WASHINGTON -- Throughout a 94-page federal indictment, prosecutors repeatedly describe scenes of Rep. William Jefferson telling business executives that there is an important condition to be met before he would use his influence on their behalf: A certain family member would have to be compensated with cash, contracts or a stake in the business. And he played hardball, according to the government. While pushing an oil deal in Nigeria in 2002, Jefferson is said to have complained that the...
  • Lobbyist: Company involved in Jefferson (D-La) scandal was ‘hogwash’ (& Billy Jeff reveals loan)

    06/15/2007 7:43:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 840+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/15/07 | Kevin Bogardus
    Lobbyist: Company involved in Jefferson scandal was ‘hogwash’By Kevin Bogardus June 15, 2007 Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. arrives to make a statement to reporters outside federal court in Alexandria, Va., Friday, June 8, 2007, after he pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting more than $500,000 in bribes while using his office to broker business deals in Africa. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) A company that cosponsored a trip to Africa noted in Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) indictment showed signs of trouble before it established itself in the Bahamas and filed for bankruptcy in Louisiana. In his first interview since the Jefferson...
  • URS Corp. in deal to acquire Washington Group (Dianne Feinstein ethics mentioned)

    06/09/2007 4:37:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 735+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/29/07 | Evelyn Iritani
    URS in deal to acquire Washington GroupThe $2.6-billion union of the engineering and construction firms would give it more heft. By Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer May 29, 2007 San Francisco-based URS Corp. is buying Washington Group International Inc. for $2.6 billion in a corporate marriage that would create one of the country's top engineering and construction powerhouses, the companies announced Monday. Directors of both companies unanimously approved the deal, which calls for Washington Group stockholders to receive $43.80 in cash and 0.772 of a share of URS stock for each share in Boise, Idaho-based Washington Group. **SNIP** The combined...
  • Immigration Bill Suffers Setback In Senate Vote (Mrs. Bill Clinton's Amendment Goes Down In FLAMES!)

    06/07/2007 5:33:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,270+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/07/07 | ROBERT PEAR & CARL HULSE
    Immigration Bill Suffers Setback in Senate VoteBy ROBERT PEAR and CARL HULSE Published: June 7, 2007 WASHINGTON, June 7 — The Senate refused at midday to shut off debate on the immigration overhaul bill and move toward a vote, leaving the fate of the legislation uncertain and setting up another, all-important procedural vote this evening. The move to end debate was rejected by 63 to 33, so the bill’s backers fell 27 votes short of the 60 needed to invoke what is known as cloture and set up a yes-or-no vote on the legislation itself. **SNIP** Nevertheless, Senator Harry Reid...
  • The Case Against Jefferson D-La (United States Of America v. William J. Jefferson, Defendant)

    06/06/2007 8:46:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 871+ views
    The Case Against Jefferson06.07.2007 In The United States District Court For The Eastern District of Virginia Alexandria Division United States Of America v. William J. Jefferson, Defendant CRIMINAL NO. 1:07CR209 • Count 1: 18 V.S.C. & 371 (Conspiracy to Solicit Bribes by a Public Official, Deprive Citizens of Honest Services by Wire Fraud, and Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) • Count 2: 18 V.S.C. & 371 (Conspiracy to Solicit Bribes by a Public Official and Deprive Citizens of Honest Services by Wire Fraud) • Counts 3-4: 18 V.S.C. & 201(b)(2)(A) (Solicitation of Bribes by a Public Official) • Counts...
  • Husband's investments entangle Feinstein (Latest flap over Medicare payment denials)

    06/04/2007 7:00:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1,237+ views
    Sab Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/19/07 | David Whitney
    Husband's investments entangle FeinsteinLATEST FLAP OVER MEDICARE PAYMENT DENIALS By David Whitney McClatchy Newspapers Article Launched: 05/19/2007 01:36:54 AM PDT WASHINGTON - California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals in order to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care. The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its...
  • Blanco: up to $700 M found in state money for Road Home (won't say where it came from)

    06/02/2007 6:47:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1,024+ views
    KATC ^ | 6/02/07
    Blanco: up to $700 M found in state money for Road HomeAssociated Press - June 2, 2007 8:54 PM ET BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Governor Blanco says her administration has found up to $700 million in state money to put into the state's hurricane rebuilding program for homeowners. The program faces a possible deficit of as much as five billion dollars. This evening's (Saturday's) announcement is the first time the governor has backed off from a stand that the federal government should cover the entire Road Home program, which provides rebuilding grants to people whose homes were damaged or...
  • Raid on Rep. William Jefferson's (D-La) Office Yields Legal Mess

    05/19/2007 4:54:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 141 replies · 2,504+ views
    NPR ^ | 5/16/07 | Peter Overby
    <p>Morning Edition, May 16, 2007 · It was a year ago this week that the FBI, for the first time in U.S. history, raided the office of a member of Congress. Agents carted off documents and computer hard drives belonging to Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana.</p>
  • DIX 'PLOTTER': I'M OK GUY (Perp seeks house arrest - DENIED)

    05/18/2007 2:37:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 798+ views
    NY Post ^ | 5/18/07 | JEANE MACINTOSH
    DIX 'PLOTTER': I'M OK GUYBy JEANE MACINTOSH May 18, 2007 -- He's charged with helping to arm five Muslim men plotting a bloodthirsty guerilla attack on a New Jersey military base, but Agron Abdullahu said yesterday, "I'm not really a bad guy." Abdullahu, 24, made the statement in front of U.S. Magistrate Joel Schneider during a bail hearing featuring a parade of family members speaking on the alleged terrorists' behalf. "I'm not really a bad guy," Abdullahu told the magistrate. "If I could leave, I would definitely go back to my old life . . . I would never do...
  • Bloggers pressure Feinstein on conflicts

    05/08/2007 7:34:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1,556+ views
    Kansas City .com ^ | 4/20/07 | MICHAEL DOYLE
    Bloggers pressure Feinstein on conflictsBloggers are fanning the flames of inquiries into a senator’s potential conflicts of interest. By MICHAEL DOYLE McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON | Bloggers and activists are writing a new chapter in the marriage of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and her husband, Richard Blum. Feinstein has real power. Blum has serious money. For 27 married years, the politician and the investor have excelled professionally while facing periodic queries about Blum’s investments. The latest round comes powered by the Internet, fanned by activists on both right and left. The partisans find common cause in questioning Feinstein’s role...
  • William Jefferson's D-La. problems not slowing him (Billy Jeff grateful 'with the chance to work')

    01/18/2007 5:57:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 497+ views
    2theadvocate ^ | 1/17/07 | GERARD SHIELDS
    Jefferson's problems not slowing himBy GERARD SHIELDS Advocate Washington bureau Published: Jan 17, 2007 (AP) file photo Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. WASHINGTON — He received a standing ovation from the Congressional Black Caucus. He participated in the ceremonial swearing-in led by his perceived arch-nemesis, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. And in his first week, he became entangled in temporary House ethics rules dust-up after his staff said they mistakenly sent out campaign contribution solicitations on congressional stationery. U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is back in town. “I’m just very, very grateful to the folks back home and that...
  • Rep. William Jefferson (D-La) Goes Into Debt in Re-Election Bid (Nigerian VP fears arrest)

    01/12/2007 3:36:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 851+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/10/07
    Rep. Jefferson Goes Into Debt in Re-Election BidPublished: January 10, 2007 This story is based on a report published by CQ’s Political Money Line on Jan. 10. Louisiana Democratic Rep. William J. Jefferson overcame harsh allegations of ethical misconduct to win a Dec. 9 House election runoff — securing a ninth term with an unexpectedly comfortable 57 percent to 43 percent win over a fellow Democrat, state Rep. Karen Carter. But a report by CQ’s Political Money Line shows that snatching victory from the jaws of defeat came at a high personal cost to Jefferson. The Political Money Line analysis...
  • William Jefferson D-La probe ruling could delay decision on indictment (until spring)

    11/15/2006 2:11:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 597+ views
    NOLA ^ | 11/15/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson probe ruling could delay decision on indictmentRaid on his D.C. office proves to be the snag Wednesday, November 15, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- In an order that could delay the government's decision on whether to indict Rep. William Jefferson, a three-judge panel has put off until at least the spring a final decision on legal challenges to some documents taken in a historic raid of the congressman's Capitol Hill office last May. While the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., said that the Justice Department can immediately begin examining those documents and computer files not challenged...
  • Corruption claimed in Harry Reid deal

    10/11/2006 2:54:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 124 replies · 3,210+ views
    Corruption claimed in Harry Reid dealSenate Minority Leader hung up phone when queried about $1 million windfall Posted: October 11, 2006 3:02 p.m. Eastern © 2006 Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid hung up the phone when questioned by the Associated Press about a $1.1 million windfall on land he had not owned for three years, the wire service is reporting. Reid collected on the Las Vegas land sale in a deal engineered by a longtime friend and former casino lawyer, Jay Brown, whose name has surfaced in organized crime investigations, the AP said. According to...
  • Nigeria VP Atiku Abubakar Charged With Corruption (tied to William Jefferson D-La)

    10/10/2006 3:43:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1,809+ views
    Nigeria VP Charged With Corruption(AP) NEW YORK Nigeria's Vice President Atiku Abubakar was charged Tuesday at a special anti-graft court with more than a dozen counts of corruption stemming from the alleged diversion of $125 million of public funds to private interests. Charges filed by prosecutors before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in the Nigerian capital against Abubakar also include allegations he received more than $4.6 million in bribes. Abubakar, who is feuding with President Olusegun Obasanjo, has in the past dismissed the allegations as part of a plot to stop him from running for Nigeria's top office in April's...
  • Testimony links firm to William Jefferson D-La probe

    10/08/2006 5:03:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 808+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/08/06 | Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh
    Testimony links firm to Jefferson probe In papers filed with the FBI, Suleiman YahYah, a Nigerian businessman listed as a target in the ongoing probe of Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, said that one of the 2004 meetings he attended with Jefferson and iGate Inc. CEO Vernon Jackson, occurred in the Washington offices of Worldspace Inc., an international satellite radio provider. YahYah's statement is the first to provide any kind of link between iGate and Worldspace, whose CEO, Noah Samara, said in a June filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he turned over documents and gave testimony to...
  • Friction rises in Nigerian government (William Jefferson D-La case contributing to the tension)

    10/05/2006 4:34:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 467+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/05/06 | By Bruce Alpert
    Friction rises in Nigerian governmentJefferson case contributing to the tension Thursday, October 05, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- Imagine that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were accusing each other of improprieties so bad that they called for impeachment proceedings. That bizarre scenario is akin to what is playing out in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, as President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar engage in a monumental political battle that got its impetus, at least in part, from the lengthy U.S. Justice Department probe of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans. There is concern within Nigeria...
  • Groups, daughter endorse William Jefferson D-La (Billy Jeff not concerned about prison sentences)

    10/03/2006 4:34:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1,358+ views
    2theadvocate ^ | 10/03/06 | JANET MCCONNAUGHEY
    Groups, daughter endorse JeffersonBy JANET MCCONNAUGHEY Associated Press writer Published: Oct 3, 2006 U.S. Rep. William Jefferson delivers brief remarks Monday after receiving endorsements at his campaign headquarters in New Orleans. Jefferson, an eight-term congressman, has endorsements including more than a dozen political groups, including the Democratic Executive Committees of both Orleans and Jefferson parishes, 18 ministers, and 19 labor organizations, including the state AFL-CIO. Associated Press photo by BILL HABER NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Rep. William Jefferson’s initial endorsements this year are led by his daughter and five other state legislators, a former legislator and one of the city’s...