Congress William Jefferson Sentenced To 13 Years
Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson (Louisiana) was sentenced on Friday, November 13, 2009, to 13 years in prison following his conviction in a corruption case that was best known for the $90,000 federal agents found hidden in boxes of veggie burgers in the freezer of Jefferson’s home in Washington, D.C.
A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., handed down the sentence to the 62-year-old nine-term Congressman who was ousted by voters last year. He had been convicted by a jury of bribery, money laundering and racketeering in schemes that prosecutors said he devised to enrich himself and his family.
Some media outlets have referred to Jefferson as William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. I have vivid memories of Jefferson proclaiming his innocence on numerous radio and television shows. It appears Jefferson was another man who asked the public to trust him and turned out to be another greedy and crooked politician “on the take.”
Jefferson’s attorneys portrayed him as “possibly unethical” but not a criminal, and said he was a victim of an over-aggressive prosecution aimed at “bagging a congressman.” They said Mr. Jefferson was entrapped by investigators who wired the informant to try to nab him.
Give me a break. Jefferson reportedly demanded millions of dollars in payments and stock to family-owned businesses in return for his help winning potentially lucrative contracts in Western Africa.
What do you think? Do you care?