August 5th, 2009
05:42 PM ET
14 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. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Good,now lets catch Rush Limbaugh for tax evasion and inciting riots.

    August 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. JayG

    O and I bet we will here nothing from the Democrats about this. More corruption from the liberals , not a shocker. I mean we have our own Treasury secratary as a tax cheat! great judgement Obama

    August 5, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Dave in Illinois

    Yeah, let's throw all those crooked old white Republicans in jail and throw away the keys!!!

    Oops, he's a crooked old black Democrat. Hey, I got the crooked and old part right anyway.

    August 5, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. DavidN

    Wow! Imagine that. A corrupt Democrat politician. Let's see if the liberals go after this guy the way they do with Republicans. Truth is, many politicians, Dem. or Repub., are no good. Truth is, most liberals are the biggest hypocrites in the world. Ready to criticize Republicans and call them hypocrites. Let's see you climb all over this one! Let's see the media quietly let this one go into the night. Where's all the frenzied press for this story? You hypocrites!

    Go Republicans 2010 and 2012!

    August 5, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. kishen c.rao

    another GOP dude on corruption....lord, bless this land...the USA
    still they talk nonsense on health brains...

    August 5, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. barrystash

    Based on state run media, including CNN, you would have never known that there was a trial going on. If this had been a Republican Mr. Blitzer would have dedidcated his show to this every night for a couple of weeks.

    August 5, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. HJA

    $90K in the freezer? Cold hard cash. I hope he enjoys his cold hard cell.

    August 5, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Crazy ass human being

    cool..........Now lets find the 9 billion Bush lost in Iraq.. then send him to the big house

    August 5, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Alicia

    Was he having sex with his best friend's wife? Oh wait, that is the Republican Ensign from CSTREET. LOL

    However, no matter what party he deserves to be punished if found guilty and this is true.

    See we liberals like justice,

    August 5, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom

    Does not matter IF you are a Democrat or a Republican, you break the law, you go to jail!

    WHY are Bush & DICK STILL FREE?

    August 5, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Lock him up. Set an example for the others.

    August 5, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. malclave

    A Democrat convicted of a crime?

    Sounds great for his resume. Democrats are all criminals anyway, to be recognized as such is a great honor for them.

    August 5, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Patrick

    That guy was a snake. I hope he rots in prison for the next decade.

    August 5, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. annie for Palin

    This is just another reason why REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS do not like believe or trust these so-called politicians regardless of party.

    August 5, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Good shot Micharl Moore will investigate

    August 5, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Neutralizer

    When they'll take Rangel, Dodd and other democraps to court for doing the same thing?

    August 5, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Dan

    They finnaly got Dollar Bill Jefferson. Now it's time to go after Ray Nagin and the rest of that old New Orleans gang. Move over Edwin Edwards, the jail cells are going to fill up fast.

    August 5, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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