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Democrat criminal sentenced to 13 years in prison
scholar - 16-11-2009 at 04:48

http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/

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Former Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat who lost his seat in 2008 while he was under indictment for bribery and racketeering -- and who was convicted of the charges earlier this year -- was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for his crimes.
He had taken half a million dollars in bribes. $90,000 was found in a freezer in his office in Congress. Several politicians raised a fuss, saying that Congressional offices should not be allowed to be searched for law enforcement purposes.

Those who sometimes accuse me of giving Obama a hard time (in spite of the fact that I praise him when he does well) will be happy to know there is no connection to the President.


waffler - 16-11-2009 at 04:56

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Originally posted by scholar
http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/

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Former Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat who lost his seat in 2008 while he was under indictment for bribery and racketeering -- and who was convicted of the charges earlier this year -- was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for his crimes.
He had taken half a million dollars in bribes. $90,000 was found in a freezer in his office in Congress. Several politicians raised a fuss, saying that Congressional offices should not be allowed to be searched for law enforcement purposes.


If a search warrant is good to search your home it is good enuff to search anywhere so lets not start with the Diplomatic Immunity C#$%

Those who sometimes accuse me of giving Obama a hard time (in spite of the fact that I praise him when he does well) will be happy to know there is no connection to the President.


scholar - 16-11-2009 at 16:25

The lawyers who objected to the search of the Congresssional office by the FBI, with a search warrant, argued that it would allow the FBI, which is under the executive branch of government, to invade an area that is part of Congress, thus giving one branch of government power or supremacy over the other.

However, this is nonsense. First, the FBI is working from a search warrant, approved by a judge, to enforce a law (which is a product of the legislative branch). All three branches of government are involved. And the search warrant specifies the location (one office, not all of them) and what evidence is sought. It does not give the FBI permission to take papers relating to political strategy, for example.

This man was a criminal, and was caught red-handed. If politicians like him had not been piling up bribe money, but had instead been serving the people honestly, perhaps the money which the US government gave to improve the New Orleans levis would have been spent on making them stronger, instead of making them prettier for sight-seeing walks.:(


giron - 16-11-2009 at 18:47

Do American courts make criminals pay back any money they have stolen, as usually happens over here?


scholar - 16-11-2009 at 19:58

I don't know the details on that, Giron. Perhaps one of the other Americans knows?

(Waffler, since you are with us, you are certainly welcome to speak up, too! :D:D:D Do you feel like the Hebrews in Egypt, in the Deep South?)