November 13, 2009 |
The Nov. 3 special election for the 23rd Congressional District may not be over after all. Though Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman conceded and Democrat Bill Owens was sworn into Congress, the routine recanvassing of votes shows Owens' lead has narrowed to 3,026 votes, with about 5,800 absentee ballots received so far that have yet to be counted. The outcome rests on uncounted absentee ballots, and more than 10,000 were sent out. If the count overturns the election, Owens could be removed from office.
November 14, 2009 |
Former Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who was caught with $90,000 in marked currency stuffed in his freezer, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. The 62-year-old was convicted of using his office to take hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and seek millions more, mainly by promoting business deals in Africa. Prosecutors said that he was involved in 11 bribery schemes from August 2000 to August 2005 and that he and his family stood to gain more than half a billion dollars.