October 15, 2006 |
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.
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 8, 2006 |
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."
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."
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 9, 2006 |
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.