August 5th, 2009
05:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Former House member convicted on corruption charges

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) – Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana was convicted Wednesday on 11 of the 16 corruption charges against him.

Jefferson, a 62-year-old Democrat, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 4, 2007, on corruption charges, about two years after federal agents said they found $90,000 in his freezer. Authorities said the cash was part of a payment in marked bills from an FBI informant in a transaction captured on video.

Jefferson had pleaded not guilty.

The jury convicted him on four counts of bribery, three counts of racketeering, three counts of wire fraud and one count of racketeering. He was acquitted on five other counts including wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Jefferson had faced a maximum possible sentence of 235 years in prison if convicted on all counts.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Brad

    Good! He is a crook.

    August 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. nick

    They set him up. Jefferson is as good a man as George W Bush and the rest of his clan. Dick should go to jail too.

    August 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    Good, one democrat found guilty so many more to go!

    August 5, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Moderate Democrat

    I'll say it. Democrat or not....FRY HIM.

    But also fry Bush and Cheney, for treason, homicide, genocide, torture, human rights, shooting at their friends or being a bad shot.

    August 5, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Remmy

    There we go again. Democrats – Culture of Corruption.

    August 5, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Why did it take so long?

    August 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Melissa

    He's a Republican. Somehow I'm not surprised in the least. They are known for their corruption. At least this one is going to pay for his crime.

    August 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. R White

    Where is his political party listed in this story?

    August 5, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    Well, it about time this clown gets what is coming to him.

    He gave "cold cash" a whole new meaning.

    I was born in Louisiana and believe me, Huey P. Long was just the start of the chain of corruption in that state. Edwards honed it to a fine point but he too is now afraid to pick up soap in the shower!

    August 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Enough

    Obviously a Democrat, since CNN made no reference as to party.

    August 5, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. indiana voter

    The Democrat party = the TRUE party of corruption!

    August 5, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Rick

    Not surprising.
    The FBI had him on video... pretty hard to defend against that kind of evidence.

    August 5, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Getting Ridiculous

    Get all them all out! Repubs and Dems and all those in between. We Americans deserve better!

    August 5, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Dishonest Barry

    I wonder if Congress will get rid of this crook? Rangel, Dodd, Frank, Conyers should go to jail too.

    August 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Cali J

    Dare I say "Culture of corruption?"
    Let's see how much mileage this gets because he's a black democrat. I say it goes away in a day or so. If this was a white republican, there would be a lynch mob waiting.

    August 5, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Bill

    It's "odd" the BRIEF article did not publicize the "sentence" ..Oh but wait..he's a POLI-TICIAN (Many-blood suckers) and his cronies will ensure he probably won't serve any time. He'll probably will have the audicity to run for office again. The time is coming, people will NOT forget and will rise up against this kind of audacity and give the POLI-TICIAN's their due.

    Let's see if this comment get's published. Other past "POLI-TICIAN" truism comments haven't been published. Suppress all you want but the time is coming.

    August 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. cheryl

    Now if they could just get the rest of the rats in DC,this country might get some where! The fool was caught on tape! Throw the book at him! And yes, I am one angry black woman!

    August 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Ryan

    I hope he gets all of the possible years, as i do of any politician who uses the public the way he did.

    Chris Dodd, Chuck Rangel, you're next.

    August 5, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Can I get an AMEN?

    August 5, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Brian wilson

    Why are Democrats so corrupt?

    August 5, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You do the crime, you got to do the time.

    August 5, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Jan, MD

    I'm a Dem and I think he's guilty.

    August 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. david

    doubt if he will serve even 2 years. there is no justice in the usa for any level of criminality.

    August 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Sounds like racism....

    send him back to Congress as an understudy to Charles Rangel...old Charlie will teach him how to do it and avoid prosecution.....just cozy up to Pelosi

    August 5, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Dan

    Throw away the key after locking him up, dirty politician!

    August 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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