The federal jury convicted Jefferson on four bribery counts, three counts of money laundering, three counts of wire fraud and one count of racketeering. On the other hand, Jefferson was acquitted on five other counts including wire fraud and obstruction of justice. The 62 year-old
Democrat was indicted two years ago. The cash in his freezer consisted of marked bills from an FBI informant in a video taped transaction. He faces up to 150 years in prison. His sentencing hearing will be held on October 30, 2009.
Did Jefferson use his congressional clout from 2001 and 2005 to solicit monetary bribes for himself and his family in exchange for promoting products and services in Africa? Descriptions and pictures of the open freezer show bills wrapped in foil and tucked into frozen food containers. Jefferson is no dummy. He graduated from Harvard Law School. He served as a representative of Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of the New Orleans area. He held office for 18 years (nine terms.) Anh Joseph Cao won his seat in the December 2008 election. Jefferson served on the House Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on trade and on the Budget Committee. Jefferson co-chaired the caucus on Africa Trade and Investment as well as the caucus on Nigeria. Jefferson to this day maintains his innocence.