Cold Cash Jefferson Gets 13 Years

November 13, 2009

Thirteen years in prison. We'll see what he serves, but it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A former Louisiana congressman who famously stashed cash in his freezer was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for taking hundreds of thousands in bribes in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. The sentence handed down in suburban Washington was far less than the nearly 30 years prosecutors had sought for William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years.

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  1. Bob K says:

    Why has this not been reported on more widely?

  2. Paul in NJ says:

    In other news, a preliminary report from the House Ethics Committee — rescued from a dumpster late Friday — found no grounds for disciplinary action in Jefferson’s case…

  3. MDr says:

    Let’s see. Out in three years for good behaviour. Able to retake his seat in 2012 ala Marion Barry.

  4. Dan Riehl says:

    13 years on Friday the 13th? Dude’s gonna be someone’s biatch real quick with luck like that! ; )

  5. Toads says:

    Well, he is 62, so 13 years might very well be life. 30 years would not make a difference.

  6. If this is a Federal conviction (link won’t load for me) he’s going to have to do most of the time. The weird thing is, with all the counts he was convicted on, he was acquitted on taking the bribe money — the numbered. inventoried bribe cash that turned up in his freezer. So that’s one thing his lawyers will use to try to get this thing tossed on appeal — that’s his more likely route out. Still, his lawyers will drop him like a hot rock when his money, from whatever source, dries up.
    He’ll be sent someplace fairly pleasant, for a prison. He’ll be living better than lots of his former constituents still do, he won’t have to work to support himself, and he’ll have unlimited free health care! Come to think of it, the clink is like Paradise for Democrats. Or the paradise they have in mind for YOU.

  7. Dan Riehl says:

    Sounds like federal prison for a liberal pol is almost as good as being in office when you think about it. lol

  8. PA says:

    The minimum security Club Fed at Eglin AFB is nice. Years ago I visited a banker friend from Iowa who got caught taking bribes to give farm loans. Nice tennis and bocci courts, no fences or cells, and all the “prisoners” were wearing designer jeans and designer sneakers. Shame they filled in the swimming pool for the prisoners years ago…I guess pictures of Federal prisoners lounging around in the pool sipping Mai Thais didn’t go over with the public too well.

  9. The AP story by Matt Barakat — astonishingly — doesn’t name the court or the attorneys involved. It does refer to the FBI and Federal sentencing guidelines. The guidelines sentence would have been 27 years, but the judge — also not named by Barakat (what the hell, did he write his report from watching Action News at Six or something?) — gave Cold Cash less that half that.
    You can always count on a judge — if you’re a criminal.
    Cold Cash will have to do 80% of the 13 years he got, unless he wriggles free on appeal. The Dems will probably get the seat back next year — they only lost it because many of their voters couldn’t stand the stench of Jefferson. But it’ll be a different crook, because this one’s going where the doors close with a distinct sound.
    I bet some other Members of Congress, of both parties, will read this story and hear the rustling of black wings on the night wind. You guys and gals know the saying: “Don’t do the crime…”

  10. John in California says:

    I can think of a few others that belong there w/ Mr. Jefferson.
    One is a Senator from Connecticut.

  11. RetiredE9 says:

    Don’t be surprised to see that he’s on the ticket and re-elected. People in LA are strange that way….

  12. Gary Maxwell says:

    Most states, especially in the South, take away you right to vote as a Prisoner, and the right to hold office as a convicted felon. Not 100% in Lousiana but I think Jefferson is unlikely to be heard from again.

  13. Banjo says:

    So why are African-Americans so understanding when it comes to criminal behavior?