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.
December 8, 2006 |
In the toughest challenge of his political career, U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson must hold on to his strong support from black New Orleans voters and add white votes from a neighboring parish to win a runoff election Saturday and hold onto his House seat. Challenger Karen Carter, a state representative who polled well among white voters in Jefferson Parish in the Nov. 7 primary, needs to cut into the congressman's popularity among blacks to pull off a win.
October 24, 2006 |
After a recent candidates' forum in the French Quarter, a woman rushed up to Rep. William J. Jefferson and embraced him for several moments. "I'm praying for you," the stranger said quietly, her arms encircling the Democratic congressman's neck. "You need to keep it going." Over the weekend, as Jefferson finished a handshaking tour of a store in the Gentilly neighborhood, onlooker Mary Scott called out: "Take care sweetie. You're going to be all right."