Judge Releases Dem Congressman From Prison, But “He Was Not Innocent Of Crime”

Remember former Rep. William Jefferson? This is the guy who was busted with tons of cash in his freezer. He went to jail in 2012 but he’s catching a lucky break.

The Hill reports:

Judge orders release of former congressman convicted of bribery

A federal judge has ordered a former Louisiana congressman convicted of bribery to be immediately released from prison.

The Associated Press reported that U.S. Senior Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered the release of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), who was convicted in 2009, because of a 2016 Supreme Court decision changing what constitutes an “official act” by a public official in bribery cases.

A new sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1, the AP reported.

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Jefferson was convicted of accepting more than $400,000 in bribes in exchange for brokering business deals in Africa. The former congressman was caught in an FBI raid hiding $90,000 in frozen food boxes stuffed in the freezer of his Washington home.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, which he has been serving since 2012. Ellis tossed out seven of the 10 counts on which Jefferson was convicted, according to the AP.

The government has until Oct. 16 to decide whether it will seek to retry the former lawmaker on the charges vacated by Ellis.

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He got lucky. He should count his blessings.



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