November 24, 2008 |
Anh "Joseph" Cao, who hopes to be the first Vietnamese American elected to Congress, was helping a TV host with the pronunciation of his name. It's not "cow" but "gow," he explained recently, with a hard "g." The interviewer, Eustis Guillemet -- an African American jazz bassist who also runs a local public affairs show -- practiced the name repeatedly, as if learning a new riff. "You know, 'Cao' means 'tall,' " added the Republican candidate, who stands 5 feet 2 in his loafers.
August 4, 2007 |
The Justice Department trampled on congressional independence when it raided Rep. William J. Jefferson's office last year, a federal appeals court ruled, siding with Congress in a constitutional showdown. The court ordered the Justice Department to return any legislative documents it seized from the Louisiana Democrat's Capitol Hill office. Still undecided is whether prosecutors can use other records confiscated as part of their case against Jefferson.
June 9, 2007 |
Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) pleaded not guilty Friday to all 16 corruption-related charges against him and for the first time, defended himself and his family publicly and castigated prosecutors for trying to break him "psychologically and financially." Jefferson, who was indicted on charges that he used the power of his office to enrich himself and his family, emerged from U.S. District Court here with rhetorical guns blazing. "I'm going to fight my heart out to clear my name," he said.
June 8, 2007 |
A federal judge in Alexandria froze the assets of Rep. William J. Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat indicted on charges of soliciting bribes. A forfeiture charge is among the 16 criminal counts against Jefferson. Prosecutors have said they will seek to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jefferson that they think he obtained illicitly by peddling his influence to help broker business deals in Africa. Jefferson is scheduled to be arraigned today in U.S. District Court.
June 6, 2007 |
The House ordered a speedy internal investigation that could oust indicted Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) from Congress before his bribery trial. Mindful of anti-corruption sentiment among voters in November, the House passed two resolutions that require the ethics committee to investigate charges more quickly than in the past. Jefferson resigned his seat on the Small Business Committee in response to his indictment on federal charges of taking more than $500,000 in bribes.
June 5, 2007 |
Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) was indicted Monday on charges that he used his congressional office to enrich himself and his family through a pervasive pattern of fraud, bribery and corruption that spanned five years and two continents.