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The Jefferson Political Dynasty Turned to Dust and Into a Crime Family

William Jefferson

William Jefferson

By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com

Down in New Orleans, in Bayou country, the Jefferson family was a political force to be reckoned with.

The patriarch, former Rep. William Jefferson, headed a political machine called the Progressive Democrats. His power base included his sister Betty, a 4th District Assessor; his brother Mose, a political operative; brother-in-law Alan Green, a state judge; and daughter Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a Harvard-educated lawyer and state representative, who was hoping one day to replace her father in Congress.

Fast-forward to today. The political dynasty is not only dead, but you need a scorecard to track who in the family is off to prison and who is awaiting trial.

Tulane University political science professor Brian J. Brox says that, simply put, the dynasty rose from humble beginnings and showed some of the best aspects of American politics, but ultimately the worst: “power for power’s sake, power for personal gain.”

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Ex-Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter Gets 18 Months for Lying to FBI Agent

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
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Ex-Hinds County, Miss. Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter who made history as a prosecutor in the 1990s, is headed off to jail for lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption probe, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen, Miss.  sentenced him to 18 months in prison, the news agency reported.

DeLaughter found fame in the 1990s as an assistant district attorney after he  helped convict Byron de la Beckwith in for
the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, which became the subject of a Hollywood movie.

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Rep. Jefferson Gets a Record 13-Year Sentence on Fri. the 13th for Public Corruption

Jefferson stands next to attorney Robert Trout during sentencing/Sketch by Art Lien/NBC News

Jefferson stands next to attorney Robert Trout during sentencing/Sketch by Art Lien/NBC News

By Allan Lengel
For Sphere (A New AOL News Website)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former Rep. William Jefferson, the first African-American to win a Congressional seat in Louisiana since Reconstruction, took on the added distinction Friday of receiving the harshest sentence ever given to a member of Congress for a public corruption conviction.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Elllis III, hoping to send a message to deter others in Congress, handed down a sentence of 13 years in prison, far surpassing the previous record sentence of 8 years and 4 months given to former Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham of California, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors. Next week, the Judge will announce when the prison term begins.

“You’re obviously a person of gifts and those gifts have been squandered,” Judge Ellis told Jefferson, who stood silently in the courtroom next to his attorney Robert Trout.

“Public corruption is a cancer that must be removed,” he said, adding at one point, “There must be some sort of greed virus that attacks people in power.”

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Head of FBI D.C. Office Joseph Persichini Jr. Retiring

FBI's Joseph Persichin Jr./ticklethewire.com photo
FBI’s Joseph Persichin Jr./ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
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WASHINGTON — Joseph Persichini Jr., who has headed the FBI Washington field office for the past three years, is retiring at the end of the year.

Persichini, 55, was special agent in charge of the administrative division at the Washington field office before he rose in 2006 to the top post in the office and was named assistant director in charge, replacing Mike Mason who eventually went on to take a job with Verizon.

He began his FBI career in 1976 as an accountant at FBI headquarters in the Budget and Accounting Section and became a special agent in 1980, according to the FBI.

As head of the D.C. FBI field office, he oversaw some major cases including the anthrax investigation and the tax scandal in the D.C. Tax Office, which involved the theft of some $50 million.