Ex-Lawmaker Heads to Trial

A rare sight these days: a victory for federal prosecutors in a major public corruption scandal. The Supreme Court refused to throw out the Justice Department’s case against former Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), who faces 16 felony counts including racketeering, money laundering and obstructing justice.

Jefferson, perhaps best known for keeping $90,000 in cash in his freezer, kicked off a mighty kerfuffle after federal agents raided his congressional offices in 2006. The raid, he argued, was a violation of constitutional protections Congress enjoys against meddling by the executive branch. But the Supremes didn’t buy it, and Jefferson’s trial is scheduled to go on in June. Jefferson maintains his innocence in the matter.

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