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Democratic Rep. “Cold Cash” Jefferson Convicted!

Yesterday, former Louisiana Representative William “Cold Cash” Jefferson “was convicted of 11 of 16 counts, including bribery, racketeering and money laundering.”  The charges stemmed from an investigation that culminated in FBI agents finding $90,000 in cash stored in Jefferson’s freezer.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 30, but Jefferson’s attorney has stated they will appeal the verdict.

Jury Convicts Former Lawmaker in Freezer Cash Case

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Democrats | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Cold Cash” Jefferson jury selection underway

Yet more evidence that political corruption pervades the party that planned to “drain the swamp,” as the dishonest Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it.

Here’s a taste of Michelle Malkin’s latest column laying out the case.

Cold cash, hot Democrat mess

Remember William “Cold Cash” Jefferson? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Clean-Up Crew hope you’ve forgotten. Jefferson is the former Louisiana congressman caught with gobs of money in his freezer nearly four years ago in an FBI sting. He finally went on trial this week on a multitude of federal bribery and racketeering charges.

Refresher: FBI agents confronted Jefferson with video showing him accepting $100,000 in marked bills from a government informant. Prosecutors say he took the money to bribe a Nigerian official in a business deal. “We got to motivate him real good,” Jefferson told the informant, according to a Justice Department transcript. “He’s got a lot of people to pay off.”

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June 10, 2009 Posted by | Corruption | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rep. “Cold Cash” Jefferson (D-LA) can’t delay bribery trial

#TCOT #diggcons

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Rep. William Jefferson is running out of options.

The Louisiana Democrat, in his final days in office, lost a longshot bid Monday to delay his trial on bribery charges.

Jefferson has been trying to get the charges thrown out, but a federal judge refused and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision in November. In a one-sentence ruling Monday, the appeals court refused to put that decision on hold while Jefferson appealed to the Supreme Court.

That means, unless the Supreme Court decides to step in, a federal judge can soon set a trial date in a case that has hung over Jefferson for more than 3 years. The FBI raided his home in 2005 and his congressional office in 2006. A grand jury indicted him in June 2007.

Jefferson argues the charges are invalid because the grand jury got reviewed information related to his job as a congressman. That, Jefferson says, violates a constitutional clause that shields lawmakers from prosecution for performing their legislative duties.

Jefferson is charged with taking bribes, laundering money and misusing his congressional office for business dealings in Africa. During the raid on Jefferson’s home, FBI agents discovered $90,000 in cash in Jefferson’s freezer. Jefferson has promised there is an “honorable explanation” for the money in the freezer, but he has yet to make it public.

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January 2, 2009 Posted by | Corruption | , , , , , | Leave a comment