November 13th, 2009
06:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Former Louisiana congressmen gets 13-year sentence

Former Louisiana congressmen gets 13-year sentence for corruption.
Former Louisiana congressmen gets 13-year sentence for corruption.


ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) –
Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction last summer on 11 counts of corruption.

There is no punitive fine but he will have to pay $1,100 in special assessments.

Jefferson did not speak in court on advice of his counsel.

The case against the former nine-term Louisiana congressman included allegations of influence-peddling and the discovery of $90,000 in cash in his freezer.

Jefferson's family was in the courtroom when District Judge T.S. Ellis handed down the sentence.

He had faced up to 150 years in prison.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. JK Ashburn, VA

    I hope they get a double-wide for him so Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank can join him. Well, maybe he won't want Barney in the same cell.

    November 13, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    This should quiet the conservative masses (all 7 of them) about Democrats who break the law not serving time ... they rightfully join Abramoff, Cunningham etc ...

    November 13, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. SocialismBad

    Is this supposed to be a harsh sentence? In my book this is a slap on the wrist unless he serves the entire 13 years behind bars in a non-country club setting. Corruption at these levels need to be punished with LONG sentences and fofeiture of property and wealth illegally attained.

    Now let's start investigating the rest of the Democrat Culture of Corruption. They might have to build a new prison to hold them all!

    November 13, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Steve

    This guy is dirt and should be locked up for the rest of his life. Betraying the public trust is in my opinion a crime that stands above almost all others and the only way to get corruption out of government is to punish it swiftly and severely.

    November 13, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. mjm

    If this guy was a Democrat in IL....he'd be president by now.

    150 years......Isn't that how long we'll be in debt after the passing of so called health care reform?

    November 13, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. howie

    WHAT?? Not a bad democrat, couldn't be, must be a republican in discuise.

    November 13, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. JJ123

    Before everyone starts with the whole republician culture of corruption, all republicians are evil, etc.....This guy is a democrat

    November 13, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. DJ

    Sheisty creep should join creeps like Cunnigham and Ted Stephens in the ever expanding federal jail of corrupt Congress taking bribes. They really need to ban Congress from serving as lobbyists after leaving office and crack down on fundraising methods which invite such underhanded deals.

    November 13, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. JB

    Maybe Jefferson's got it right, instead of trying to regulate banks and their unfair practices, we should just get rid of them and keep our money in freezers instead, no overdraft fee there, stays fresher too! ;)

    November 13, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Wow, this guy really is a DEMOCRAT, who knew?

    November 13, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. dave

    I am sure all this happened because he is black and when he goes to prison and adds to the number of blacks incarcerated it will be because of racial profiling and unjust treatment of minorities.

    November 13, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. orlando

    If Holder can get away with it why not Jefferson?

    November 13, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    Go righties, attack!!!

    November 13, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Susan in NC

    No problem here with Jefferson's sentence - no man is above the law!

    But......as an "aside" and I know this doesn't apply to the article here, but it's what came to my mind while I was reading about Jefferson. I got up and went to get our local newspaper from today and I'm quoting an article there: "Since 2000, Lieberman (Senator Joe, of course.....my words) has scooped up $800,000 from the insurance industry. His wife worked for a health care lobbying firm."

    My question is - what's the difference in these two crimes?

    November 13, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. sarah in virginia

    Interesting; no mention that this man is a democrat, because we all know that democrats don't do any wrong, right? C'mon cnn, let's be fair about this.

    November 13, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. joe m

    what a joke! there really are two systems of justice in this country; one for those who have connections (the rich and powerful), and the other for those of us who live in the real world. and people wonder why so few trust any politicians.

    November 13, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    William Jefferson should have gotten the 150 years in prison.

    November 13, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. terry,va

    He will be out in 7. 7 years in a country club won't be bad. I'd go for 1 year if he was put in general population.

    November 13, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |