7.) Ex-Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA)

  • 2019-01-31
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
New Orleans area Congressman William Jefferson found himself in legal jeopardy when FBI agents raided his home on suspicion of bribery and found $90,000 in cash in his freezer. 

Jefferson won reelection in 2006 but lost – to Republican Joseph Cao – in 2008. 

After a corruption trial found him guilty of 11 counts of bribery, Jefferson received a 13-year prison sentence, the longest ever given to a congressman.

However, Jefferson's lawyers appealed his sentencing after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled favorably in McDonnell v. United States, a related bribery case, involving former Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA).

After five years and five months in federal prison, a judge reduced Jefferson's sentence to time served.

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