Former Rep. Jefferson convicted on 11 of 16 counts

The one-time congressman became nationally infamous when the FBI found $90,000 in his freezer



Alex Koppelman
August 6, 2009 1:50AM (UTC)

A federal jury has found former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., guilty on 11 of 16 corruption charges against him.

The verdict was announced Wednesday afternoon, just more than four years after an Aug. 3, 2005 FBI raid of Jefferson's homes in which the Bureau discovered $90,000 that the then-congressman had stashed in his freezer. Jefferson became infamous for the incident, but ironically, the jury found him innocent on the count linked to that money, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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According to the Times-Picayune, Jefferson had been facing 235 years in prison if convicted of all counts, and is still dealing with the prospect of a long stay in federal custody.

Jefferson did manage to hold on to his seat for a couple years after the raids; he lost it to Republican Anh Cao last year; Cao's not likely to spend long in the seat, though, as the district is heavily Democratic.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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