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June 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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November 8, 2009 | Steve Padilla
Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Vietnamese-born former ethics teacher and Catholic seminarian, last winter surprised and delighted Republicans by defeating a longtime incumbent in a heavily Democratic congressional district in Louisiana. He provided another surprise -- but probably no delight -- to his party on Saturday when he became the lone Republican to vote for the healthcare bill pushed by President Obama. "I have always said that I would put aside partisan wrangling to do the business of the people," Cao said in a statement posted on his website.
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June 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 6, 2009 | Richard Simon
Former Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who gained national attention after federal agents found $90,000 in his freezer, was convicted Wednesday of political corruption. Jefferson, 62, was found guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Va., of 11 of 16 criminal counts including bribery, racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud. He faces more than 20 years in prison. "We have been reminded today that we are a nation of laws and not men," said Dana J. Boente, U.S.
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October 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Louisiana Democratic Party turned down eight-term U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson and endorsed state Rep. Karen Carter, one of a dozen challengers who emerged after Jefferson became the target of a federal bribery investigation. The State Central Committee's 69-53 vote at a special meeting in Baton Rouge was the first time in recent memory that an incumbent had failed to win the state party's endorsement. Jefferson denies the bribery allegations and has not been charged.
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August 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A congressional advisory panel has asked a federal judge to return to Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) the files that the FBI seized from his office in a nighttime raid on Capitol Hill. The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, in a 43-page motion, said that the FBI's search of Jefferson's office and its seizure of files and computer disks was not only illegal and unconstitutional, but a "grave threat to the separation of powers principle that is the very foundation of our governmental structure."
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May 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
In a break with his counterparts in the House, the Senate's leader said Sunday that the FBI was within its rights to search the office of a congressman under investigation in a bribery case. "No House member, no senator, nobody in government should be above the law of the land, period," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said. The Tennessee Republican was responding to the search conducted May 20 in the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.).
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June 9, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 9, 2006 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
House Democratic leaders Thursday night endorsed an effort to oust Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) from his post on an influential committee, but the move sparked opposition from members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Jefferson, who is African American, has resisted previous suggestions from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) that he quit the Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation's tax laws.
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August 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 9, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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December 8, 2006 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 24, 2006 | ANN M. SIMMONS, Times Staff Writer
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."
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December 8, 2006 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 17, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The House voted Friday to strip Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) of a powerful committee assignment, while an effort by the beleaguered Democrat to fight a search of his Capitol Hill office ran into a skeptical federal judge. The voice vote -- without debate or dissent -- to expel Jefferson from the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee appears to be the first time the House has taken such a step against a member who has not been charged with a crime.
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October 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Louisiana Democratic Party turned down eight-term U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson and endorsed state Rep. Karen Carter, one of a dozen challengers who emerged after Jefferson became the target of a federal bribery investigation. The State Central Committee's 69-53 vote at a special meeting in Baton Rouge was the first time in recent memory that an incumbent had failed to win the state party's endorsement. Jefferson denies the bribery allegations and has not been charged.
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July 29, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department's bribery investigation of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) suffered a setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that Jefferson was entitled to review documents investigators seized during a raid of his Capitol Hill office and file objections. The order from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upsets a ruling by a lower court judge that the search of Jefferson's office -- believed to be the first in congressional history -- was proper.
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