Wednesday, June 06, 2007
William Jefferson Indicted On 16 Counts
Of Bribery And Corruption
As The Washington Post puts it in their editorial, (that would be not FOX News for you biased, Left Wing Fringe, out there) - (bolding/emphasis mine):
TO READ the indictment of Rep. William J. Jefferson is to wonder how, if the allegations are true, the Louisiana Democrat, so busy soliciting and dispensing bribes, had any time left over for his day job. The 16-count indictment handed up yesterday by a federal grand jury in Alexandria is staggering in the scope and audacity of the bribery schemes it portrays Mr. Jefferson as having peddled, from sugar plant and waste recycling projects in Nigeria to telecommunications deals in Ghana to oil concessions in Equatorial Guinea to satellite transmission contracts in Botswana to offshore oil rights in Sao Tome and Principe. All this might explain why it took nearly two years for prosecutors to secure the indictment after a search of Mr. Jefferson's home found $90,000 wrapped in tin foil in his freezer.
...Mr. Jefferson, whose New Orleans district could benefit from a congressman's undivided attention, should do what he ought to have done some time ago, which is to step down. Mr. Jefferson is entitled to the presumption of innocence as he prepares to defend himself in court; he is not entitled to the presumption of a congressional seat.
A 94-page indictment accuses Mr Jefferson of involvement in a series of bribery schemes that netted him more than $500,000 (£250,000).
He is accused of racketeering, soliciting bribes for himself and his family, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
He is also charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits corporate bribery overseas.
If convicted on all counts, Mr Jefferson faces a possible maximum sentence of 235 years in prison.
An FBI witness said Mr Jefferson put $90,000, intended as a bribe for an unnamed Nigerian official, in his home freezer, wrapped in aluminium foil and concealed in food containers.
William Jefferson's Anthem:
"Money, it's a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.
Money, get back.
I'm all right jack keep your hands off of my stack.
Money, its a hit.
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit.
I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a lear jet.
Money, its a crime.
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie"
The Democrats circle their wagons around Cold Cash Jefferson, the Media does its best, downplaying this story and the charges against him because he's a Dem, Liberal Radio doesn't discuss the issue at all and Liberal bloggers...well...they're too busy with their heads buried in Bush Derangement Syndrome to even notice Cold Cash Bill's indictment.
All in all, just another day for the corrupt Democrat Party. We really expect nothing else but this from them.
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