One year for almost every $31,000 isn’t going to be enough to keep certain members of Congress on the straight-and-narrow. The standard sentence for accepting bribes needs to be a year for every dollar, but hey, it’s a start:

Former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for accepting $400,000 in bribes, according to the Associated Press.

The sentence is far less than asked for by prosecutors. They sought 27 years for the nine-term congressman.

Jefferson’s case is best known for the $90,000 in cash that agents found in the ex-congressman’s freezer.

This from the CS Monitor:

In imposing the sentence Friday afternoon in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge T.S. Ellis III said Jefferson’s conduct was “a cancer on the body politic.”

Now that’s an insult… to cancer.

If Jefferson serves the maximum sentence — which is unlikely — he’ll be 75 when he gets out. Felons can legally serve in Congress, so Jefferson will probably run to get his old job back.

His district re-elected him during the corruption probe, so there’s no reason they won’t vote for him after he’s served his time. “He might be a crook, but he’s our crook!”

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Because of the Jefferson case, members of Congress are avoiding pie crusts and have instead started hiding their bribe money in fish stick and popsicle boxes

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