Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Proud Moment

NPR ran this story today about the trial of former US Representative William Jefferson on federal charges of corruption and bribery which is set to begin tomorrow. This week, federal prosecutors will set out to prove that Jefferson is guilty of helping make trade deals in Nigeria and Ghana, provided he or his family were paid off — and that he did so in his official capacity; that he was peddling influence as a congressman. If you recall, his case is best known for the $90,000 in cold cash the FBI retrieved from his freezer four years ago. And Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana, was the first member of Congress to have his offices raided by the FBI — a raid that has raised constitutional questions that have delayed the case for two years. Hear it here.

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