William Jefferson Sentenced to 13 Years in the Cooler

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!”


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

Author: Doug Powers

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