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.
JeffersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s case is best known for the $90,000 in cash that agents found in the ex-congressmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 JeffersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conduct was Ã¢â‚¬Å“a cancer on the body politic.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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!”