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  • Debt dogs William Jefferson D-La (Fundraising flow reduced to a drip)

    10/17/2007 5:12:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 68+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/17/07 | Bill Walsh
    Debt dogs JeffersonFundraising flow reduced to a drip Wednesday, October 17, 2007 By Bill Walsh WASHINGTON -- In addition to a federal indictment hanging over his head, Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, continues to carry a heavy campaign debt, records show. Through Sept. 30, Jefferson's campaign had $260,452 in credit card debt, bank loans and personal loans the congressman made last year to underwrite his re-election victory. Even before his June indictment on 16 counts of bribery-related charges stemming from business ventures in West Africa, Jefferson was having difficulty raising money. It has only gotten harder. Campaign finance reports for...
  • Defense: William Jefferson D-La should be charged with influence peddling, not bribery

    10/12/2007 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies · 169+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 10/12/07 | Matthew Barrakat
    Defense: Jefferson should be charged with influence peddling, not bribery06:15 PM CDT on Friday, October 12, 2007 Matthew Barrakat / Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A Louisiana congressman caught on tape accepting a $100,000 cash payment should not have been charged with bribery because the alleged conduct was more akin to influence peddling than actual bribery, defense lawyers argued Friday. Congressman William Jefferson At a pretrial hearing in U.S. District Court, lawyers for Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., made no admission that Jefferson engaged in any kind of improper conduct. But defense lawyer Amy Jackson argued that even if the...
  • Hold it: How long can a man wait? (Bathroom break is part of William Jefferson D-La case)

    10/10/2007 5:07:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 780+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/10/07 | Bruce Alpert
    Hold it: How long can a man wait?Bathroom break is part of Jefferson case Wednesday, October 10, 2007 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- In a case already fraught with precedent-setting legal questions, attorneys for Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, are seeking perhaps another first in judicial opinions. Is it reasonable, the lawyers ask a federal judge, to believe that a 58-year-old man could wait more than two hours after awakening in the morning before taking a bathroom break? The issue is raised in motions intended to cast doubt on the Justice Department's contention that FBI agents did not restrict Jefferson's...
  • Firm tangled in William Jefferson (D-La) case received $450,000 grant

    10/03/2007 4:57:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 428+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/04/07 | Kevin Bogardus, Susan Crabtree
    Firm tangled in Jefferson case received $450,000By Kevin Bogardus and Susan Crabtree October 04, 2007 A company whose executives have been named by federal prosecutors as co-conspirators in the indictment of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was awarded a $450,000 grant from a government agency that the congressman allegedly influenced, according to public records. Federal prosecutors have named top executives of the Louisiana-based company, TDC Overseas Limited, as conspirators in the lawmaker’s alleged bribery scheme involving business projects in Nigeria. The Department of Justice (DoJ) indicted Jefferson on 16 counts of bribery and corruption in early June. He pleaded not guilty,...
  • William Jefferson's (D-La) staff heads for the exits (16 felonies maybe too much)

    07/23/2007 8:21:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1,140+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/2/07 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson's staff heads for the exits Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, who went through a major staff turnover for the start of the 110th congressional session, is going through another staff upheaval. In the past couple of weeks, Jefferson lost his chief of staff, Eugene Green and press secretary Remi Braden-Cooper. A legislative assistant, Jack Swetland, has announced he's leaving soon. Calls to Jefferson's office seeking a comment were not returned. Jefferson was indicted June 4 by a Virginia grand jury on 16 charges including bribery, racketeering and violation of the foreign corruption practices act. A trial is now scheduled...
  • Australians Reject Role For Prince William

    06/29/2007 7:06:59 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 371+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-30-2007 | Nick Squires
    Australians reject role for Prince William By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 1:27am BST 30/06/2007 Australia yesterday rejected a suggestion that Prince William could become governor-general. The nation reacted indignantly to claims in a new biography of Diana, Princess of Wales that the prince would love the ceremonial position. Even the prime minister John Howard, a monarchist, said that only an Australian could fulfil the role. "We have embraced the idea that the person who occupies that post should be an Australian citizen," he said. Kevin Rudd, the leader of the opposition Labor Party, said: "There is a great...
  • Mose Jefferson, (William's D-La older brother) former school board members testify before grand jury

    06/27/2007 7:42:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 290+ views
    WWLTV ^ | 6/27/07
    Mose Jefferson, former school board members testify before grand jury06:09 PM CDT on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 The older brother of indicted Congressman William Jefferson went before a grand jury Wednesday, just one week after a former Orleans Parish school board member allegedly implicated him in a bribery incident. Last week Ellenese Brooks-Simms, the former Orleans Parish school board president, pled guilty to accepting $140,000 in bribes to push for and approve an educational software program. The name of the person who paid the bribe wasn’t listed in a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office, but reports...
  • CSPAN now ... discussing Jefferson and his indictment

    06/05/2007 3:42:12 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies · 485+ views
    Right now | knarf
  • 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>
  • Jury questioning William Jefferson (D-La) associate

    05/09/2007 4:05:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 809+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/08/07 | Bruce Alpert
    Jury questioning Jefferson associateHer firm helped pay for trip to Africa Tuesday, May 08, 2007 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- The president of a company that helped pay for U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's trip to Western Africa in 2004 has signed a "testimonial agreement" with federal prosecutors and appeared before the grand jury on at least five days in the ongoing corruption investigation of the New Orleans Democrat. Disclosure of the grand jury appearance by Noreen Wilson, president of Global Environmental Energy, was made in billing documents filed by an attorney for the company in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New...
  • Live in sin and pay the price (Prince William's "practice chick" was too common for royalty)

    04/18/2007 8:46:28 AM PDT · by dead · 174 replies · 9,229+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 19, 2007 | Miranda Devine
    Poor Kate Middleton, dumped by the second in line to the British throne then displayed humiliatingly to the world as Prince William's "practice chick", the mere recipient of some of his wild oats. But judging by the astonishing Pommy snobbery unleashed in the week since the break-up of her almost five-year relationship, Middleton, 25, is well off out of it. British newspapers are full of quotes from the supposed upper classes about how Kate was too "common" to marry William, 24. Her mother, Carole Middleton, was "pushy, rather twee and incredibly middle-class", according to a royal source quoted by the...
  • Gen. David Petraeus talks with Brian Williams [Transcript]

    03/10/2007 5:13:47 PM PST · by bnelson44 · 3 replies · 446+ views
    NBC News ^ | 3/9/07
    In an exclusive interview, he talks about commanding the Iraq war effort Petraeus: Well, again, military folks just have a mission and it's a fairly consuming mission. We're actually not sitting watching the TV all day long or anything like that. We do certainly try and get the news clips that are pulled out. We're focused on the mission and again, doing everything that we can to try and bring success and the accomplishments of that mission. And that's what America wants it's military to do, I think. I know, that's our job and that's what we have to do...
  • Pelosi Delays Decision on William Jefferson (D-La.)

    03/01/2007 4:58:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1,208+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/01/07 | Susan Ferrechio
    Pelosi Delays Decision on JeffersonBy Susan Ferrechio Published: March 1, 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has postponed until at least next week action on a resolution that would place embattled Rep. William J. Jefferson on the Homeland Security Committee after Republicans said they would demand a roll call vote that could be potentially embarrassing for some Democrats. Leadership aides confirmed Thursday that the vote has been tentatively scheduled for sometime next week. Democrats acknowledged that their move to give the seat to the Louisiana Democrat, who is under federal investigation for bribery, would not happen via the simple and fast...
  • Politics reigns at D.C. Mardi Gras (William Jefferson D-La. says 'he is not hemorrhaging')

    02/11/2007 2:56:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 594+ views
    NOLA ^ | 2/11/07 | Bruce Alpert, Bill Walsh
    Politics reigns at D.C. Mardi GrasBy Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh Sunday, February 11, 2007 A sizable segment of the Louisiana political establishment is at the Washington Hilton this weekend for the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians' annual Mardi Gras celebration. **SNIP** Silence on Katrina still drawing notice At the House Democratic retreat on Feb. 4, President Bush was asked by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., why he didn't mention Hurricane Katrina in his State of the Union speech. Bush replied, according to Thompson's Chief of Staff Lanier Avant, that he didn't say anything about the national parks either, even though he...
  • New ethics rules vex Capitol Hill ("Smell the Glove" William Jefferson D-La mentioned)

    01/30/2007 4:59:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 464+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 1/29/07 | Brody Mullins
    New ethics rules vex Capitol HillMonday, January 29, 2007 By Brody Mullins, The Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON -- Every year, lobbyists for the seafood industry serve up choice Gulf of Mexico seafood at a reception for members of Congress. At next month's event, called "Let the World Be Your Oyster," legislators were supposed to feast on raw oysters from Acme Oyster House and oyster pasta from Drago's, a famed New Orleans restaurant. **SNIP** To cut down on wining and dining by lobbyists, the House and Senate have drafted new rules that bar lawmakers and congressional aides from accepting almost any...
  • Congressional Black Caucus gives Jefferson standing ovation

    01/05/2007 12:30:26 PM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 8 replies · 375+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 1/5/2007 | Craig DeLuz
    And they wonder why nobody takes them seriously.....
  • Caption William Jefferson (D-La) at his victory party!

    12/10/2006 7:38:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies · 2,183+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/06
    Dr. G. J. Hodge cheers at a victory party for Congressman William Jefferson D-New Orleans in New Orleans Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. Jefferson defeated democratic State Representative Karen Carter for re-election .(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Access to files delays William Jefferson (D-La) probe (indictment before Nov. 7 primary unlikely)

    10/27/2006 4:09:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 520+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/27/05 | Bruce Alpert
    Access to files delays Jefferson probeAction unlikely before primary Friday, October 27, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- With unexpected delays in copying records and computer files taken from Rep. William Jefferson's Capitol Hill office, it is unlikely the Justice Department will seek an indictment against the eight-term New Orleans Democrat before the Nov. 7 primary, legal observers say. The delay may even force the decision past the Dec. 9 runoff that will be held if none of the 12 candidates in the 2nd Congressional District race wins more than 50 percent of the primary vote. Neither, the Justice Department...
  • Archie Jefferson may have sought port deal in Africa (felon brother of William Jefferson D-La)

    10/23/2006 5:44:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 684+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/23/06 | Gordon Russell
    Archie Jefferson may have sought port deal in Africa2001 draft of letter was forwarded to FBI Monday, October 23, 2006 By Gordon Russell The iGate telecommunications deal, as sketched in documents made public as part of the FBI's probe of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, is not the only time the congressman's family appears to have taken an interest in African investment opportunities. Among documents forwarded to the FBI, but not made public, is the draft of a letter in the name of the congressman's brother, Archie Jefferson, dated a year before he launched plans for a New Orleans dialysis clinic....
  • Unbowed William Jefferson D-La Keeps Up the Fight ("Don't Mess With Jeff" buttons appear)

    10/22/2006 1:37:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 978+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/22/06 | Allan Lengel
    Unbowed Jefferson Keeps Up the FightBy Allan Lengel Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, October 22, 2006; Page A05 NEW ORLEANS -- At a barbershop in the Third Ward, in an area still woozy from Hurricane Katrina's knockout punch, the chatter was about what to do with Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.). **SNIP** "I ain't voting for him 'cause of the $100,000 in the freezer," retorted one of Harris's customers, a former Jefferson supporter who declined to give his name. "You find $100,000 in your freezer, I ain't voting for you." **SNIP** In a TV ad, he talks about "the presumption...
  • Area teachers learn about Muslim culture at H(obart) W(illiam) S(mith College) workshop

    10/11/2006 9:36:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies · 675+ views
    Finger Lakes Times-Geneva NY ^ | Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | By MIKE MASLANIK
    GENEVA - The Muslim world and the West have a big communication problem. While most Americans tune into the news and scratch their heads over Muslims rioting in the streets about cartoons, Muslims across the globe learn much of what they know about our culture from one of the most popular shows in the world - "Jerry Springer." American students can come to an understanding of the faith if they know the similarities between Islam, Christianity and Judaism and can distinguish between historic Islam and the relatively recent rise of violent fundamentalism, said Audrey Shabbas, an Islamic scholar and director...
  • 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...
  • Timing (of indictment) in case against William Jefferson D-La. tricky

    09/24/2006 6:50:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 851+ views
    NOLA ^ | 9/24/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Timing in case against Jefferson trickyElection may affect when feds tip hand Sunday, September 24, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- With the selection last week of a technology expert to copy documents from computer hard drives taken from Rep. William Jefferson's office, the Justice Department might soon have the material it says it needs to wrap up its 18-month investigation of the New Orleans Democrat. That could leave the agency with a dilemma: Should the department decide whether to seek an indictment of Jefferson before the Nov. 7 primary or wait until after the race is decided? **SNIP** "The...
  • 'Cold cash' congressman facing challenge for seat (William Jefferson D-La.)

    09/23/2006 5:05:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 621+ views
    'Cold cash' congressman facing challenge for seat8 other Dems on ballot seeking seat held by Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson Posted: September 23, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La.M The fallout from an FBI investigation into allegations of bribery – and the $90,000 in cash allegedly recovered from his freezer – apparently has U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, battling for his political future. Not only are there about a dozen challengers vying for his seat, which he's held since the early 1990s, but three of the state's former top Democrats have endorsed his chief opponent,...
  • U.S. Probe Roils Nigeria Politics (more William Jefferson D-La. bribery fallout)

    09/22/2006 7:47:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 750+ views
    Journal Gazette/Times Journal ^ | 9/22/06 | DULUE MBACHU
    U.S. Probe Roils Nigeria PoliticsBy DULUE MBACHU LAGOS, Nigeria - A corruption investigation in Washington has roiled Nigeria, leaving the top two leaders publicly trading allegations and nudging a politically volatile country closer to the brink. Nigeria's president claims his estranged vice president is implicated in the bribery case against a U.S. legislator, and the vice president has responded with damaging allegations of his own against the president. The very public feuding in a country where politics often erupts into violence is particularly disturbing for Nigerians because presidential elections in which the vice president is expected to run are just...
  • Nigeria: The Story of Congressman William Jefferson D-La

    09/21/2006 4:47:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 778+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/21/06 | Christopher Drew
    Nigeria: The Story of Congressman Jefferson Vanguard (Lagos) COLUMN September 21, 2006 Posted to the web September 21, 2006 Christopher Drew "A case against politicians, a tale of friendship, ambition and betrayal". In July 2005, Vernon L. Jackson returned home to Louisville from Washington, where he had just met with Representative William J. Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who had been helping to promote his fledgling digital-technology company. David Harper, a lawyer for the company, said he had never seen Mr. Jackson so demoralised. For nearly five years, the inventor and the congressman had carried the message that Mr. Jackson's company,...
  • Nigeria: The Tell-It-All Letters And Memos (More William Jefferson D-La. bribery fallout)

    09/19/2006 2:25:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 769+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/18/06
    Nigeria: The Tell-It-All Letters And Memos Vanguard (Lagos) DOCUMENT September 16, 2006 Posted to the web September 18, 2006 Office of the Vice President GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ASO ROCK/'ILLA. AHUJA MR. PRESIDENT MEMORANDUM From:VICE-PRESIDENT Reference: Subject:RE: REQUEST .. FOR.ASSISTANCE .. IN THE..INVESTIGATION OF US CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM JEFFERSON: REQUEST FOR EFCC REPORT On Tuesday, September 5, 2006, I was questioned by a five-man Committee led by the Attorney-General of the Federation on matters relating to the Investigation of US congressman William Jefferson. This was the culmination of a series of inquiries in writing by the Chairman of...
  • Small Houston oil company at the center of global drama (FBI bribery probe - William Jefferson D-La)

    09/18/2006 5:04:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 2,281+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/18/06 | DAVID IVANOVICH
    Small Houston oil company at the center of global dramaERHC's story becomes oddly intertwined with FBI bribery probe By DAVID IVANOVICH Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau Sept. 18, 2006, 1:28PM WASHINGTON - Initially, theirs was a tale to rival that of any legendary Texas wildcatter. A little-known Houston oil company lands a potential blockbuster deal in the crude-rich waters off West Africa and appears poised for a big payoff. Negotiating the rocky shoals of West African politics and threats of arrest for sedition, ERHC Energy, a tiny company with no experience in offshore drilling, secures the rights from the...
  • Nigeria: Presidency - Obasanjo Did Not Authorise Diversion of Funds (William Jefferson D-La.)

    09/17/2006 6:05:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 468+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/15/06 | Kola Ologbondiyan
    Nigeria: Presidency - Obasanjo Did Not Authorise Diversion of FundsThis Day (Lagos) Posted to the web September 15, 2006 Kola Ologbondiyan Lagos The Presidency yesterday reacted to Vice President Atiku Abubakar's claim that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as organisations where President Olusegun Obasanjo has interests benefited from the controversial MOFAS Account at the Abuja branch of defunct Trans International Bank (TIB). Besides, it said, the President did not authorise diversion of public funds to any individual or organisation. "Obasanjo has never directed or forced any individual or organization to make donations to any of the many associations...
  • Nigeria: Vice President Atiku Abubakar Abused His Office (William Jefferson D-La. connections)

    09/13/2006 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 708+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/13/06 | David Idonor
    Nigeria: He Abused His Office - ObjDaily Champion (Lagos) September 13, 2006 Posted to the web September 13, 2006 David Idonor Abuja PRESIDENT Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday rose in stout defence of his decision to send the report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which investigated Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the National Assembly, insisting that the V-P abused his office. In a press statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mrs. Oluremi Oyo, Obasanjo advised Atiku to "address pertinent issues at hand, rather than alleging it was a case of political persecution". The...
  • Nigeria: How William Jefferson (D-La.) Reported PTDF Deal to Obasanjo

    09/11/2006 4:08:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 1,011+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | 9/11/06
    Nigeria: How Jefferson Reported PTDF Deal to ObasanjoSeptember 10, 2006 Posted to the web September 11, 2006 Lagos United States Congressman, William Jefferson, who is now at the centre of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged corrupt practices, was the one who gave the first hint to President Olusegun Obasanjo on the alleged illegal use of Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) by some Nigerian businessmen. The businessmen were believed to be associates of Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In a letter on his congressional office letterhead dated May 28, 22004 and addressed to Obasanjo, Jefferson who...
  • Kentucky businessman Vernon Jackson gets 7 years for bribe to William Jefferson (D-La.)

    09/08/2006 4:21:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 2,293+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 9/08/06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Ky. businessman gets 7 years for bribe to JeffersonBy MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer A Kentucky telecommunications executive who admitted paying more than $400,000 in bribes to Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison. Vernon Jackson, 54, of Louisville, is a key figure in the federal investigation of Jefferson, D-La., who has not been charged. But in court papers, prosecutors have alleged that they caught Jefferson on videotape taking a $100,000 cash bribe. Most of that money later turned up in a freezer in Jefferson's home. Jefferson was never mentioned by name in Friday's...
  • Waiting on warrant protocol (and other poop on William Jefferson D-La.)

    09/05/2006 3:49:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 457+ views
    NOLA ^ | 9/03/06 | Bruce Alpert, Bill Walsh
    ON THE HILLNews from the Louisiana delegation in the nation's capital Sunday, September 03, 2006 By Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh Waiting on warrant protocol The Justice Department doesn't plan to issue guidelines for executing criminal search warrants on congressional offices until after the legal wrangling with Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is over, a top official said last week. "What is decided there (in the case) might be informative for us," Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said in a brief interview. **SNIP** Jefferson leads pack in postal privileges Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, leads the Louisiana delegation in sending...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) case informant files complaint with police

    08/29/2006 4:40:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 969+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/20/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson case informant files complaint with policeShe says odd 'things' occurred after FBI tip Tuesday, August 29, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- A Virginia woman told police that "things have been happening" since she went to the FBI 17 months ago with a complaint that led to the continuing corruption probe against Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans. Lori Mody, who wore a hidden microphone to tape conversations with Jefferson, said in her July 24 complaint to the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department that the toilet in a McLean, Va., home she is getting ready to sell broke between July...
  • In New Orleans, allegations don't inter embattled congressman (William Jefferson D-La.)

    08/23/2006 4:32:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 611+ views
    Houma Today ^ | 8/21/06 | CAIN BURDEAU
    In New Orleans, allegations don't inter embattled congressmanBy CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer August 21. 2006 1:57AM NEW ORLEANS - Olga Richard doesn't buy into the accusations swirling around her beleaguered congressman - William Jefferson. She doesn't want to see Louisiana's first black U.S. representative since Reconstruction crash to the ground like a battered pinata. "He's being made an example of," Richard said. "I want him to succeed not only for African-Americans but for New Orleans and my community." And although Jefferson, D-La., is the subject of a federal investigation into alleged illegal dealings involving an African telecommunications deal, political...
  • Justice seeks end to delays in review of documents seized in William Jefferson (D-La.) raid

    07/13/2006 5:48:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 381+ views
    KPLCTV ^ | 7/13/06
    Justice seeks end to delays in review of documents seized in raid WASHINGTON The Justice Department today opposed further delays in the bribery investigation of Representative William Jefferson, saying the agency should be allowed to review documents seized in a search of the congressman's office. On Monday, Chief U-S District Judge Thomas F. Hogan rejected requests from Jefferson and fellow lawmakers seeking the return of the material from the May raid on Capitol Hill. Jefferson is now seeking to delay the judge's ruling while he appeals. Hogan dismissed arguments by Jefferson and a bipartisan group of House leaders that the...
  • Papers from William Jefferson (D-La.) office raid in limbo

    07/09/2006 6:58:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 691+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/09/06 | MARK SHERMAN
    Papers from Jefferson office raid in limboBy MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 15 minutes ago WASHINGTON - Prosecutors and investigators building a bribery case against Rep. William Jefferson have been unable to examine the documents and computer files seized in a search of the lawmaker's Capitol Hill office. The materials were placed off limits by President Bush for 45 days, a cooling-off period that ended Sunday. Yet there has been no resolution of the court fight or talks between congressional leaders and the Justice Department. The president acted after congressional leaders denounced the FBI's search on May 20 and May...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) hires crisis-seasoned PR aide ('crisis communications consultant')

    07/07/2006 4:40:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 473+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/07/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson hires crisis-seasoned PR aideCongressman target in corruption probe Friday, July 07, 2006 By Bruce Alpert Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., points to a map as he talks with Congressman William Jefferson at a presentation during a briefing on the levee system in Southern Louisiana in New Orleans, Thursday, July 6, 2006. The briefing covered the state of current levee reconstruction and what actions need to be implemented in the future to ensure South Louisiana residents are safe from the flooding associated with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, the target of a high-profile public corruption probe,...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) exit spurs new rules (House RATS propose changes to party’s caucus rules)

    06/28/2006 7:08:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 809+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/28/06 | Josephine Hearn
    Jefferson exit spurs new rulesBy Josephine Hearn Several House Democrats have proposed significant changes to their party’s caucus rules, with at least two of the changes prompted by internal caucus controversy over the recent ouster of a caucus member from the Ways and Means Committee. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) has written a proposal to handle situations in which leaders may seek to revoke a lawmaker’s committee assignment while he or she faces government investigation. Butterfield and others were upset that Democratic leaders ousted Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from the committee while he faces a federal corruption probe. The proposal would...
  • Scandal Woes Could Benefit William Jefferson (D-La.), Analysts Say

    06/19/2006 2:34:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 839+ views ^ | 6/19/06 | Randy Hall
    Scandal Woes Could Benefit Jefferson, Analysts SayRandy Hall Staff Writer/Editor ( - Losing his seat on the influential Ways and Means Committee and being investigated in a federal bribery probe could actually benefit U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), political analysts told Cybercast News Service. "Oftentimes, being an embattled Louisiana politician can actually be a benefit," said Pearson Cross, assistant professor of political science at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. "If anything, I think voters in the state's 2nd District are going to see him as 'put upon,' that he was unfairly stripped, and I'm certain he's going to spin it...
  • Satellite radio firm lent William Jefferson (D-La.) at least $50,000 (could be $100,000)

    06/15/2006 1:46:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 921+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/15/06 | Bill Walsh, Bruce Alpert
    Firm lent Jefferson at least $50,000Business pressed FCC to launch satellite Thursday, June 15, 2006 By Bill Walsh and Bruce Alpert - Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, who is at the center of a federal criminal bribery probe, received a personal loan from a satellite radio executive who has had business before the federal government, financial records released Wednesday show. Noah Samara, CEO of WorldSpace Inc., loaned Jefferson between $50,001 and $100,000, according to Jefferson's financial disclosure form for 2005. The date of the loan is not given, but Samara's company was pressing the Federal Communications...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) Meets With Congressional Lawmakers (Maybe Ousted From Powerful Committee)

    06/07/2006 4:22:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 666+ views
    WDSU ^ | 6/07/06
    Jefferson To Meet With Congressional LawmakersUPDATED: 3:20 pm CDT June 7, 2006 WASHINGTON -- A spokeswoman for Rep. William Jefferson said he will attend a meeting with congressional lawmakers. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked Jefferson to appear before the Democratic Steering Committee on Wednesday afternoon. The committee, which is charged with determining panel assignments, could vote to oust Jefferson from the powerful House Ways and Means Committee while he is under investigation. According to court documents, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson told an FBI informant, that Nigeria's vice president sought up to $500,000 and a stake in a technology venture...
  • Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) accused of trying to bribe Nigerian ('African art' = cash)

    06/06/2006 5:15:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 821+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/06/06 | STEPHEN MANNING
    Rep. accused of trying to bribe NigerianBy STEPHEN MANNING, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 28 minutes ago GREENBELT, Md. - Rep. William Jefferson called the package he allegedly delivered at midnight to the suburban Maryland home of Nigeria's vice president "African art." Authorities say the "art" was meant to be cash — lots of it. Court documents filed in the bribery probe of the Louisiana Democrat allege that Jefferson told an FBI informant he took the "art," which authorities believe was code for $100,000 in $100 bills, to the Potomac home of Atiku Abubakar on July 31. The money was...
  • Judge: Unseal William Jefferson (D-La.) raid paperwork (The rise and potential fall...)

    06/03/2006 9:28:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 1,094+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/03/06
    Judge: Unseal Jefferson raid paperworkSaturday, June 03, 2006 From staff reports A federal appeals court judge has ruled that The Times-Picayune should have access to legal paperwork that led to the Aug. 3 raid by federal authorities on the New Orleans home of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, along with his car and the office of his campaign treasurer, Jack Swetland. The Justice Department has already released similar paperwork laying out its justification for the recent raid of Jefferson's congressional office as part of the same federal inquiry. **SNIP** A similar case is pending in a Maryland court regarding materials filed...
  • Judge backs Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) affidavit ruling (videotape is out?)

    06/02/2006 7:34:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies · 1,729+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/02/06 | Bruce Alpert, Bill Walsh
    Judge backs Jefferson affidavit rulingArguments on privacy mostly moot, he says Friday, June 02, 2006 By Bruce Alpert and Bill Walsh Washington bureau WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday affirmed an earlier ruling authorizing the release of an FBI affidavit used to justify a search of the U.S. residence of the vice president of Nigeria and his wife on the same day that Rep. William Jefferson's homes were searched by FBI agents. The release of the affidavit, which includes material collected by the FBI as part of a corruption probe of the New Orleans Democrat, was sought...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) case chills Democrats (Let's go to the videotape...)

    06/01/2006 4:00:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1,538+ views
    North Jersey. com ^ | 6/01/06 | MARIE COCCO
    Jefferson case chills DemocratsWednesday, May 31, 2006 By MARIE COCCO Democrats, repeat after me. In his freezer. This is the retort that chills the Democrats' contention that Republicans in the House have nurtured a "culture of corruption" which can only be undone by electing Democrats and booting the GOP from control over Capitol Hill. And just think. Freezer jokes will keep their freshness only until we see the videotapes. That is, the videotapes of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., allegedly taking a briefcase full of bills -- about $100,000 in all -- in what the FBI believes was a plot to...
  • William Jefferson (Democrat-La.) can find hope in past case (praying for jury blindness)

    05/27/2006 5:15:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,505+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/26/06 | Lolis Eric Elie
    Jefferson can find hope in past caseFriday, May 26, 2006 Lolis Eric Elie "There are two sides to every story," Congressman William Jefferson said Monday. I doubt anybody would disagree with that general sentiment. But unanimity may have been lost when the New Orleans Democrat tried to apply that platitude to the specifics of his own situation. We've heard only the FBI's side, but it's pretty compelling. The feds say they have a videotape showing Jefferson accepting a $100,000 bribe. They also say most of that money ended up in Jefferson's freezer. Two of Jefferson's former associates have pleaded guilty....