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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...