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  • Dallas' Al Sharpton Gets Caught

    06/04/2012 5:07:22 AM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2012 | Lee Cary
    Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price got caught. He's been a fixture in Dallas politics for decades, quick to label others as racists in response to any slight offense he perceives. This just appeared on a Dallas Fox outlet. Price has long been Dallas' version of Al Sharpton. . . And according to the documents, investigators seized $500,000 in cash from Price's home and monies made from the sale of land in southwest Dallas. . . The documents said the FBI agents used electronic surveillance of bank records, emails, confidential informants, wire taps and undercover officers to gather evidence.
  • Jefferson (11-time FELON-New Orleans) ordered to report to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas

    05/03/2012 6:51:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/03/12 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson ordered to report to federal prison in Beaumont, TexasBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Updated: Thursday, May 03, 2012, 5:29 PM WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, will begin his 13-year prison sentence Friday at the low-security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, according to two federal law enforcement officials.Judge T.S Ellis III, who revoked Jefferson's $50,000 bail two weeks ago, had given the former nine-term congressman until noon to begin his sentence. Following recommendations from both Jefferson's lawyers and federal prosecutors, Ellis had recommended the former congressman serve his time at a minimum security prison, or prison...
  • William ‘Cold Cash’ Jefferson (D-Frigidaire) must report to the cooler soon

    04/22/2012 5:25:32 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Michelle | April 20,2012 | Doug Powers
    I’d honestly forgotten that William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana, wasn’t already in jail. It’s been about two and a half years since former Louisiana Rep. was sentenced to 13 years in prison for soliciting bribes, money laundering and other assorted crimes, which culminated in the authorities discovering $90,000 in cash in Jefferson’s freezer hidden in boxes of pie crusts and Boca burgers. Jefferson is just now about to begin serving the time: A former Louisiana congressman who infamously was caught with $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer will have to begin serving a 13-year bribery sentence within the next two...
  • Former Rep. Jefferson to serve sentence in 2 weeks

    04/20/2012 12:43:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | Matthew Barakat - AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Louisiana congressman who infamously was caught with $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer will have to begin serving a 13-year bribery sentence within the next two weeks, a judge ruled Friday. Democrat William Jefferson, who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years, was convicted and sentenced back in 2009 for taking roughly $500,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. But he has been free on bond, living in New Orleans while appealing his conviction.
  • William Jefferson (free CONVICTED FELON RAT-La) gets OK to attend funeral for former House colleague

    03/16/2012 4:46:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NOLA ^ | 3/12/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson gets OK to attend funeral for former House colleagueBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 4:14 PM WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, has received court permission to attend Wednesday's funeral for Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., one of his closest friends when both served on Capitol Hill. The funeral will be held in Newark, N.J, with a public viewing on Tuesday. Payne, 77, died last week after being diagnosed with colon cancer. **SNIP** Ellis gave Jefferson a 13-year sentence - the longest corruption sentence for a member of Congress -- after his 2009 conviction....
  • 10 Politicians and What They Could Be Pitchmen For

    11/11/2010 4:58:43 PM PST · by Bodhi1 · 2 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 11-11-10 | Duane Lester
    Eliot Spitzer / Ashley Madison Why pay for trysts when you can simply set one up for free? It was the money factor that brought Eliot Spitzer down, and if he's classless enough to pay call girls to have sex with him, then he's classless enough for Ashley Madison. Barney Frank / American Cornhole Organization World Championship of Cornhole I don't know if you know it or not, but Barney Frank loves him some cornhole. In fact, I heard that at one time, Barney had some professional cornholers staying at his house. Frank would be a perfect spokesman for the...
  • More than 150 dead chihuahuas found in freezers

    07/24/2009 5:54:12 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 45 replies · 1,302+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2009 | Staff writers
    Police find 112 live chihuahuas Police find 150 dead chihuahuas Started with two dogs four years ago POLICE were shocked to find more than 150 dead dogs packed into a freezer in a US home yesterday. The dogs were found at the home of a “confused and disoriented” man who earlier this week had 112 live dogs – mostly chihuahuas – removed from his Michigan home. Authorities were alerted to the presence of the dogs after neighbours complained about the stench of the place and found chihuahuas “everywhere” in his filthy three-bedroom home. Garbage was piled to the ceiling and...
  • Pet waste removal worker finds $58 in dog poop

    06/15/2010 3:20:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 373+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2010
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- This is why your mother says to wash your hands after handling money: A St. Louis worker found $58 - packed in dog poop. Steve Wilson works for DoodyCalls Pet Waste Removal.
  • William Jefferson Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison

    11/14/2009 8:49:17 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 10 replies · 445+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 11-14-09 | Gerry Ashley
    This Just In: William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, former Democratic Representative from Louisiana was sentenced to 13 years in prison today after being convicted on a number of federal corruption charges. Jefferson, you will recall, was infamous for having $90,000 in bribe money hidden in his freezer... ...And to those of you in Congress that haven’t been caught yet… tick-tock…
  • Ex-congressman gets 13 years in freezer cash case - William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson

    11/13/2009 7:19:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,684+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for taking bribes, the longest term ever imposed on a congressman for bribery charges. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years, was convicted in August of taking roughly $500,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. The sentence was still far less than the nearly 30 years prosecutors had sought.
  • Former La. congressman William Jefferson gets 13 years for bribery, racketeering

    11/13/2009 3:05:59 PM PST · by Smogger · 68 replies · 3,820+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/13/2009 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer and was later convicted of federal bribery charges on Friday was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
  • Judge: Ex-US Rep. (Willam 'Cold Ca$h') Jefferson won't get new trial

    09/21/2009 11:39:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 997+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has denied the request for a new trial by a former Louisiana congressman convicted on corruption charges. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled against a motion by former Rep. William Jefferson on Friday in Alexandria, Va. Jefferson was convicted Aug. 5 on 11 of 16 federal counts for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa after federal agents found cash in his freezer. A jury ruled Jefferson must forfeit roughly $470,000. He later filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
  • Convicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson Files For Bankruptcy

    08/31/2009 9:01:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 19 replies · 984+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | Aug 31, 2009
    Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and his wife, Andrea, have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection as the convicted ex-congressman prepares for a forfeiture hearing in his federal corruption case. William Jefferson was convicted earlier this month in Virginia on 11 of 16 corruption charges. He faces a forfeiture hearing because the jury found that he and his family received $470,000 and more than 30 million shares of stock proceeds as a result of criminal activities. Meanwhile, he and his wife are seeking protection from a handful of creditors. They owe more than $1 million and less than $10 million,...
  • Convicted Gangster Ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) & ACORN Go Way Back

    08/12/2009 5:43:17 PM PDT · by vadum · 1 replies · 288+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 10, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Birds of a feather flock together.Let the record reflect that convicted gangster William Jefferson, a Democrat who used to represent New Orleans in the U.S. House of Representatives, has (or had might be a better word) ties to the radical activist group ACORN.ACORN and Jefferson weren't exactly bosom buddies, but they did work together.I call Jefferson a gangster, by the way, because last week he was convicted of racketeering.ACORN helped get Jefferson elected years ago.SEIU gave Jefferson's campaign $5,000 in the 2000 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Two of SEIU's locals are part of the ACORN network. Local 100 covers Louisiana....
  • William Jefferson RAT-La legal saga far from over (convicted felon will get congressional pension)

    08/07/2009 9:02:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 574+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/07/09 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson legal saga far from overby Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Friday August 07, 2009, 8:08 PM William Jefferson faces daunting challenges on top of the potentially lengthy prison term Judge T.S. Ellis III could impose Oct. 30 for his conviction this week on 11 of 16 corruption charges. The former congressman faces a forfeiture hearing at a yet undetermined date as a result of the jury's finding that he and his family received $470,000 and more than 30 million shares of stock proceeds as a result of criminal activities. He also must deal with a lawsuit in Kentucky brought...
  • (RAT Congresscritter) William J. Jefferson Convicted of Bribery, Racketeering, Money Laundering...

    08/06/2009 2:11:01 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 14 replies · 1,112+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 5, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Columbia
    After hearing evidence for more than one month in a federal court in Alexandria, Va., a jury found Jefferson guilty on 11 charged counts, including solicitation of bribes, honest services wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering and conspiracy. Jefferson was acquitted on three counts of honest services wire fraud, an obstruction of justice charge and of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III accepted the verdict and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 30, 2009. Jefferson faces a maximum penalty of 150 years in prison and the jury will reconvene tomorrow to address whether he will additionally face...
  • FBI Surveillance Video Shows Democrat William Jefferson Accepting $100,000 Bribe - Video

    08/06/2009 6:45:05 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 361+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is FBI surveillance video showing former Louisiana Democrat Congressman William Jefferson accepting a briefcase with $100,000 from a woman who was wearing a wire. Wednesday, he was convicted on numerous corruption charges. The woman wearing the wire was a disgruntled businesswoman. Jefferson could face 20 years in prison. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • EDITORIAL: The Jefferson verdict

    08/06/2009 6:18:01 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 25 replies · 1,329+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | August 6, 2009 | Editorial
    Four years to the week after federal agents found $90,000 stashed in a freezer at his Washington home, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was found guilty Wednesday of putting his clout up for sale. The guilty verdicts on 11 of 16 corruption counts ought to at last lift the cloud that Mr. Jefferson's tawdry behavior has cast over New Orleans since the FBI raid Aug. 3, 2005. Oddly enough, the jury in Alexandria, Va., returned a not guilty verdict on the count involving the $90,000, which prosecutors said Mr. Jefferson planned to deliver as a bribe to the vice president...
  • Democrats Carnival of Corruption and Conspiracy Theories

    08/06/2009 2:55:18 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 294+ views
    Tea Time Blog ^ | 8-6-09 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Reporting all the facts the mainstream media does not has been the province of certain bloggers, talk radio, a cable news channel and the “off-Broadway” (so to speak) media. These include conspiracy theories and political corruption that touch the Democratic Party. Such stories definitely will not be found on MSNBC. They will rarely be on CNN. Only occasionally will they be on NBC, CBS and ABC. As far as the New York Times is concerned, well, recall that on March 30, while working for The Bulletin, I broke the news that they spiked information in their possession about collusion between...
  • William Jefferson Found Guilty On 11 Counts + FBI Undercover Surveillance Video Released (Video)

    08/05/2009 6:38:32 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 15 replies · 791+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 8/5/09 | talkradio03
    Jefferson on camera taking briefcase full of cash from a trunk of Cadillac released from Foxnews
  • BREAKING NEWS: Jefferson Found Guilty (on 11 of 16 counts)

    08/05/2009 2:42:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 156 replies · 7,013+ views ^ | 8/4/09
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has been found guilty of 11 of the 16 charges against him in a federal bribery and conspiracy trial. Jefferson was accused of accepting more than $400,000 in bribes and seeking millions more in exchange for brokering business deals in Africa.
  • William Jefferson (Democrat, Louisiana) verdict: Guilty on 11 of 16 counts

    08/05/2009 2:44:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 31 replies · 2,425+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/5/2009 | Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alper
    Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was found guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges today by a federal jury. The jury of eight women and four men returned a guilty verdict following five days of deliberation....
  • Closing arguments set for ex-congressman's trial (William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson, a Democrat)

    07/29/2009 8:38:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 438+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/09 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments Wednesday in the bribery trial of a former Louisiana congressman .. William Jefferson, a Democrat .. is accused of receiving more than $400,000 in bribes .. Jefferson's attorneys argue that their client was essentially acting as a private business consultant and never violated bribery laws.
  • William Jefferson RAT-La trial about to enter final lap (defense is expected to last up to two days)

    07/17/2009 7:45:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1,284+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/17/09 | Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson trial about to enter final lapby Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Friday July 17, 2009, 9:17 PM ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The end is in sight for the corruption trial of former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson. **SNIP** After polling the jury, Ellis said that if testimony ends Wednesday, they would break until the following Tuesday, July 28. The break would enable the attorneys to prepare and for the court to resolve any remaining legal issues before the case goes to the jury. 'Explicit conflict of interest' Friday's session began with testimony from Thomas Hardy, an official of...
  • William Jefferson corruption case marks a legal first

    07/13/2009 6:18:00 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 8 replies · 563+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | Sunday July 12, 2009 | Jonathan Tilove
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson is the first and only U.S. public official to be charged under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act since it was enacted in 1977. He is one of only two individuals in the past five years to go to trial on charges under the act. On Friday, the other one, Connecticut businessman Frederic Bourke, was found guilty by a New York City jury.
  • William Jefferson RAT-La corruption trial shifts to other 'schemes' (government needs 1 more week)

    07/10/2009 7:27:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 586+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/10/09 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson corruption trial shifts to other 'schemes'by Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Friday July 10, 2009, 7:12 AM ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- After more than three weeks of testimony about William Jefferson's efforts to bring telecommunications projects to western Africa in return for what prosecutors labeled bribes, the jury Thursday heard about several of the other 11 alleged schemes in the corruption indictment against the nine-term former congressman. The trial, which began on June 9 with jury selection, finally appears to be moving closer to completion. Lead prosecutor Mark Lytle said he hopes to finish the government's case on July 17...
  • Jury sees photos of cash in William Jefferson's freezer(pictures)

    07/09/2009 8:49:11 AM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies · 2,048+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | July 08, 2009 | Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The lead FBI agent in the investigation of former Rep. William Jefferson denied Wednesday that he had instructed cooperating witness Lori Mody to play on Jefferson's emotions, get him drunk, and lure him into taking a bigger share of her company. "That's not on her, that's on him, " special agent Timothy Thibault said, explaining that Jefferson continued to escalate his demands for a piece of Mody's business even when he wasn't under the influence of her wiles and wine. In its redirect, the prosecution played a videotape from the four-hour, $1,023 dinner Mody and Jefferson shared...
  • Ex-congressman William Jefferson RAT-La filmed accepting $100,000 (bribe at five different angles!)

    07/07/2009 7:34:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 2,418+ views
    Cherokee Tribune ^ | 7/08/09 | Matthew Barakat
    Ex-congressman filmed accepting $100,000Published: 07/08/2009 By Matthew Barakat Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. - From four different angles, jurors saw a former Louisiana congressman accept a suitcase filled with $100,000 on videos played in court Tuesday. **SNIP** The recordings played in U.S. District Court show Lori Mody, a northern Virginia businesswoman who cooperated with an FBI investigation, leading Jefferson to the trunk of a car parked outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pentagon City. Jefferson reaches in, grabs the suitcase and puts it in a small duffel bag. The FBI recorded the handoff from five different angles, and four of those were...
  • Jury sees videos of La. congressman accepting cash

    07/07/2009 12:44:13 PM PDT · by rvoitier · 23 replies · 1,317+ views
    Associated Press ^ | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal jury has seen video of a former Louisiana congressman accepting a suitcase filled with $100,000 in cash outside a northern Virginia hotel.
  • Judge impatient with pace in trial of former Rep. William Jefferson RAT-La

    06/22/2009 7:20:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 1,091+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/22/09 | Bruce Alpert
    Judge impatient with pace in trial of former Rep. William Jeffersonby Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Monday June 22, 2009, 12:13 PM ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The judge expressed some impatience this morning with the pace of the public corruption trial of former Rep. William Jefferson. **SNIP** Trout said the personal service agreement would show why Mody was unhappy with Jackson and Pfeffer, who also has pleaded guilty to paying bribes to Jefferson. He said it was significant that Mody initially made no allegations about Jefferson. Ellis appeared to disagree. "So what?" the judge said after the jury had been dismissed for...
  • Kentucky businessman dominates Jefferson trial

    06/20/2009 9:09:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 601+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2009 | Geoff Greene
    The first week of former Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) corruption trial was dominated by testimony from the head of a telecommunications firm who said he paid thousands of dollars to the lawmaker for his influence. Kentucky businessman Vernon Jackson said Jefferson used his office to secure multimillion-dollar deals for the telecommunications firm iGate, and enriched himself in the process. Jackson is a star witness for the prosecution, which claims Jefferson used his office to help iGate in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Jefferson faces a maximum of 235 years in prison if convicted on all counts....
  • Jefferson 'cold cash' blamed on FBI sting

    06/17/2009 9:41:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,422+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/09 | Kristi Jourdan
    The attorney for William J. Jefferson tackled the "elephant in the room" in opening statements Tuesday, explaining the notorious $90,000 "cold cash" discovered in the former congressman's freezer as an FBI setup bid. Prosecutors, for their part, painted a portrait of a debt-ridden man selling out the public good. In his opening speech in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Jefferson attorney Robert Trout addressed the best-known detail in the case - the marked bills found by federal agents in Mr. Jefferson's freezer wrapped inside Pillsbury Pie Crust boxes. He described the money as the trial's "elephant in the room." He...
  • Ex-congressman on trial over freezer cash, bribery (William 'Cold Cash' Jefferson)

    06/16/2009 9:12:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 980+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/09 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of a former Louisiana congressman charged with bribery after federal agents found $90,000 in cash in his freezer. The case is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. William Jefferson is accused of soliciting bribes, racketeering, money laundering and other crimes. Jefferson represented parts of New Orleans until losing re-election last year. Prosecutors say he received more than $500,000 and sought millions more for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.
  • Key witness will not testify against former Rep. William Jefferson (Scared of a few RATS?)

    06/10/2009 5:01:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 818+ views
    NOLA ^ | 6/10/09 | Bruce Alpert
    Key witness will not testify against former Rep. William Jeffersonby Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Wednesday June 10, 2009, 5:26 PM ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- Lori Mody, the Virginia businesswoman who was expected to be the government's star witness in the federal corruption trial of former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, will not be called to testify for the prosecution, lawyers said today. The judge was informed of the government's decision during a bench conference this morning that was not immediately made public. "We do not intend to call Lori Mody in our case in chief," lead prosecutor Mark Lytle said without...
  • Money Stashed in Freezer Is Key in William Jefferson RAT-LA Trial (which starts Tuesday)

    06/07/2009 10:13:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,147+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/07/09 | Allison Klein
    Money Stashed in Freezer Is Key in Jefferson TrialBy Allison Klein Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, June 7, 2009 The bribery and fraud case of former U.S. representative William J. Jefferson involves business ventures in seven West African nations, 16 criminal counts and a high-stakes legal battle over the raid of his Washington office. But when the trial begins Tuesday in Alexandria federal court, the case will be summed up to jurors with this key question: "Do you know the case of the congressman with the money in the freezer?" After nine terms in office, the Louisiana Democrat is most...
  • Ex-US Rep. Jefferson faces federal bribery charges (Trial begins Tuesday Alert)

    06/07/2009 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 638+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 7, 2009 | Matthew Barakat
    Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson faces several obstacles to being acquitted of bribery, racketeering and other federal charges — and topping the list is explaining the $90,000 cash stashed in his freezer. Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans until losing his bid for re-election last year, goes on trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on allegations that he received more than $400,000 in bribes in return for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. Defense attorneys are expected to attack the credibility of a witness who frequently wore a wire for...
  • Ex-congressman's brother tasted political victory behind the scenes (RATS, Mose, Katrina, Chicago)

    06/01/2009 3:51:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 657+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/30/09 | Gordon Russell
    Ex-congressman's brother tasted political victory behind the scenesby Gordon Russell, The Times-Picayune Saturday May 30, 2009, 10:56 PM At first glance, Mose Jefferson embodies an archetype of American politics: the man who makes a living, and a life, by attaching himself like a parasite to a famous and powerful relative fortunate enough to win office. The truth is more complicated. While his once-formidable stroke was derived from the political success of his younger brother, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, the reverse was true as well. For it was Mose Jefferson, 66, who cut his teeth on politics first, learning the...
  • Senior Dem staffers called in corruption trial [Wm Jefferson (D-LA)]

    05/29/2009 7:58:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies · 458+ views ^ | May 29, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    Two senior House staffers have received subpoenas for testimony in the corruption trial against former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.). Roberta Hopkins, deputy chief of staff to Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), and Angelle Kwemo, an attorney for Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), notified the House of the subpoenas before the Memorial Day recess. Hopkins and Kwemo had served as Jefferson’s acting chief of staff and legislative director, respectively, as late as December 2008. The Department of Justice called Kwemo as a witness; it is unclear whether Hopkins will be testifying for or against Jefferson. “Our office was aware of the subpoena and...
  • Prosecutors get favorable ruling in William Jefferson case (RATS & pay-to-play)

    05/26/2009 7:18:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 819+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/26/09 | Bruce Alpert
    Prosecutors get favorable ruling in William Jefferson caseby Bruce Alpert The Times-Picayune Tuesday May 26, 2009, 4:58 PM WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors will not be required as part of their bribery case against former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, to prove he sought payments in return for decisions he made as a member of Congress, a judge ruled Tuesday. Judge T.S. Ellis III said "it is sufficient for the government to adduce proof, including expert testimony or evidence of defendant's admissions and conduct, that it was customary for members of Congress in defendant's position to exert influence -- by advice,...
  • Former RAT Rep. William Jefferson has earmarks in spending bill (corruption trial starts May 26)

    03/01/2009 2:43:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 554+ views
    NOLA ^ | 2/26/09 | Bruce Alpert
    Former Rep. William Jefferson has earmarks in spending billby Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune February 26, 2009, 5:21 PM WASHINGTON -- He is no longer a member of Congress, but former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is still delivering the bacon. Nearly $6 million for seven Louisiana projects sponsored or co-sponsored by Jefferson are included in a $410 billion spending bill approved by the House this week and now awaiting final legislative approval in the Senate. The spending covers the final seven months of the 2009 fiscal year for nine federal agencies. Largely put together last year, but not enacted because...
  • Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans bribery trial now is May 26

    01/16/2009 5:19:32 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 604+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | January 16, 2009 | Bruce Alpert
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- Barring Supreme Court intervention, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, will go on trial May 26, nearly two years after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of demanding bribes to advance business projects in Western Africa. Thursday's scheduling of the trial by Judge T.S. Ellis III was a victory for Jefferson's lawyers, who had asked the judge, over Justice Department objections, to wait at least until late April, when they anticipate a Supreme Court ruling on their plea to drop 14 of the 16 charges pending against the former congressman. Their arguments, rejected by...
  • Former Rep. William Jefferson's corruption trial set for May 26

    01/15/2009 12:08:39 PM PST · by trumandogz · 16 replies · 529+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 1.15.09 | Bruce Alpert
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, will face trial May 26 on federal corruption charges that he sought bribes in exchange for his help with business deals in Africa.
  • Prosecutors to court: Get on with William Jefferson D-La trial (faces up to 235 years)

    12/28/2008 12:59:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,385+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 12/28/08
    Prosecutors to court: Get on with Jefferson trialThe Associated Press Sun, Dec 28, 2008 (12:03 a.m.) Federal prosecutors are urging an appeals court to get on with Rep. William Jefferson's corruption trial, saying his appeal to the Supreme Court does not have enough chance of success to justify further delays. Jefferson. D-La., was indicted on bribery charges after agents found $90,000 in his freezer. He has pleaded not guilty and his lawyers argue that his trial should be delayed pending his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jefferson argues that the charges are invalid because a grand jury got access...
  • Season greets GOP with hint of hope, cheer

    12/10/2008 1:54:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 561+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/8/08 | Aaron Blake and Reid Wilson
    November’s elections proved a second-straight disaster for Republicans, but December has given them some room for optimism regarding 2010. In the aftermath of a week in which the GOP went 3-for-3 in contested races and inexplicably stole a seat from the majority party, Republicans are wrestling with the larger significance of the three wins, though some are hesitant to overemphasize. Democrats, meanwhile, are seeking to distance their fortunes from President-elect Obama and reinforce that they won in November thanks to the strength of their candidates and machinery and not simply the Obama effect. In Georgia, a three-point Election Day edge...
  • (Joseph Cao): The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate

    12/07/2008 3:07:41 PM PST · by Publius804 · 25 replies · 1,574+ views ^ | 11/19/08 | Deal W. Hudson
    The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate by Deal W. Hudson 11/19/08 Joseph Cao is a Catholic lawyer and former Jesuit scholastic from New Orleans. He is running as a Republican for the Congressional 2nd district seat in Louisiana presently held by Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), who is best known for the $90,000 found in his freezer. The election will be held December 6. Few candidates for public office are as forthright as Cao when asked about their position on abortion. “I am very anti-abortion,” he told me without hesitation. Cao would like to overturn Roe, but in the meantime,...
  • LA U.S. House Election Results: In upsets, Republicans win both Districts 2 & 4

    12/06/2008 9:50:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 66 replies · 5,584+ views
    Louisiana SOState/Local News Articles ^ | December 6, 2008 | Staff
    LA-2 , Orleans, Jefferson Parish: In a huge upset win, little known Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao beat nine term and criminally indicted William Jefferson(D). Jefferson had been expected to easily win. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese member of U.S. Congress. LA-4, Shreveport-Bossier City, Sabine Parish, et. al., Western LA, TX/AR border: Republican Dr. John Fleming wins. Fleming was trailing by about 3% early in the election results but came on strong in the end to beat Carmouche(D) by 356 votes. Carmouche has not conceded election – recount probably pending. With these results, the 111th U.S. House of Representatives...
  • Louisiana Voters Oust Indicted Rep. William Jefferson

    12/07/2008 5:15:59 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 50 replies · 1,693+ views ^ | Saturday, December 06, 2008
    NEW ORLEANS -- Voters in Louisiana ousted indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on Saturday, instead electing a Republican attorney who will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. Unofficial results showed Anh "Joseph" Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to take the seat from the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office. Cao, 41, won a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district that covers most of New Orleans.
  • Louisiana Voters Oust Rep. William Jefferson

    12/07/2008 5:59:31 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 35 replies · 1,455+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-07-08 | The Wall Street Journal
    NEW ORLEANS -- Voters in Louisiana sent two Republicans to Congress Saturday, ousting indicted Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson in one race and narrowly keeping a seat vacated by a retiring incumbent in the other. In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of New Orleans, Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao won 50% of the vote to Rep. Jefferson's 47% and will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. His only previous political experience was an unsuccessful 2007 bid for a seat in the state legislature.
  • Culture of Corruption: William "Cold Cash" Jefferson Loses Election

    12/07/2008 6:20:33 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 11 replies · 583+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 7, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Continuing our What-the-MSM-would-have-reported-had-the-parties-been-reversed Series: Had McCain won, and had Jefferson been a Republican, the MSM this morning would be talking about another blow to the new president, losing a Senior Congressional ally. This Jefferson loss, along with the Saxby Chambliss win, would be just another example of the president’s shrinking coattails. What does this say about the new president’s party’s commitment to diversity, when the other party is the first to elect a Vietnamese-American to Congress? Does the president’s party need to be more sensitive to the issues of minorities and reach out more to the Vietnamese-American community so they...
  • CNN-Cao Projected Winner in Louisiana 02 House Race (53-43)

    12/06/2008 8:22:19 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 1,492+ views ^ | Dec 06, 2008 | CNN
    Cao wins!