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Ex-Rep William Jefferson Gets Big Break: Judge Allows Him to Remain Free Pending Appeal

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
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ever since FBI agents raided his homes in Washington and New Orleans in 2005, little has gone his way. But Wednesday was different for ex-Rep. William Jefferson, who faces a 13 year prison sentence.

In an unexpected move, and against the advice of the prosecution, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Va. ruled that Jefferson, 62, could stay out of prison pending the outcome of an appeal, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was convicted in August of 11 public corruption counts.

The ruling means Jefferson, who lost a bid for a 10th term in Congress last year, could remain free for at least another year. In court papers filed last week, his attorney had acknowledged the possibility that Jefferson might soon have to report to prison shortly after sentencing, and asked that the judge at least let him spend Christmas with the family.

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Column: Prediction on Sentencing for Rep. William Jefferson: The Judge Won’t Give him What the Prosecution Suggests

Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –  It’s almost judgment day for ex-Rep. William Jefferson,   the New Orleans Congressman who at one time seemed invincible.

That was at one time.  Last year, he lost his seat in a bid for a 10th term.  Then this past summer he was convicted by a federal jury on 11 of 16 public corruption charges in Alexandria, Va.

This Friday the 13th, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III will sentence him in Alexandria. The government is asking for a sentence of  27 to 33 years.  It says that’s what the federal sentencing guidelines call for. Still, I’ll be shocked if the sentence comes any where near that.  I’m predicting something closer to 10 to 12 years. OK, maybe 15 tops. But no more.

I could be off, but here’s my thoughts. Jefferson is 62. That’s got to be taken into consideration. A long sentence  would essentially amount to a life sentence. His crimes are egregious and an insult to the public,  but they’re not worthy of a life sentence.

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Jefferson’s Lawyer Thinks He Should Get Less than 10 Years — Not the 27 to 33 Years Prosecutors Want

William J. Jefferson

William J. Jefferson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ex-Rep. William  Jefferson, who is painfully aware of “the stain on his honor”,  should get a sentence of less than 10 years, not the 27 to 33 years recommended by the prosecution, Jefferson’s lawyer wrote in a motion filed Monday.

“No court has ever imposed a sentence longer than 100 months in a case involving a United States Congressman, even a United States Congressman convicted of bribery after a trial,” Jefferson’s attorney Robert P. Trout wrote just days before Friday’s sentencing in Alexandria, Va.

” In light of all of the facts and circumstances set forth… the defense urges the court to impose a sentence of less than 10 years in this case,” Trout wrote. Jefferson was convicted in the summer of 11 of 16 counts of corruption.

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Convicted Ex-Rep. Jefferson Wants to Keep Worldly Posssesions Including Wedding Rings and Gun

William J. Jefferson

William J. Jefferson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Convicted ex-Congressman William Jefferson may be facing some serious prison time, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to keep some of his worldly possessions including his and his wife’s wedding rings and a gun, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The paper reports that Jefferson is scheduled on Dec. 9 to appear in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Orleans to argue to keep some possessions.

Will Jefferson, 62, be in prison by Dec. 9? Who knows. But it’s not likely. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in Alexandria, Va. on Nov. 13 after being convicted on 11 of 16 corruption charges, and it’s likely that the judge will give him a little bit of time to report to prison.

Jefferson is likely to get at least 10 to 12 years in prison, though it could be a lot more. The guidelines call for a sentence that exceeds 20 years. To read more about his bankruptcy click here.

Ex-Rep. Jefferson Sentencing Delayed until Nov. 13; Documents Show He Took the 5th at One Point

No matter the date, Jefferson is likely to get whacked at sentencing. Though the conviction was overwhelming — guilty on 11 of 16 counts — he’s not likely to show much remorse at sentencing because of his plan to appeal the conviction. He may either tell the judge he did some foolish things, but he’s not guilty of the charges he was convicted of. Or, he’ll just pass on making any statement in court. Either way, it’s not likely to impress the judge.

William J. Jefferson

William J. Jefferson

By Bruce Alpert
New Orleans Times-Picayune
WASHINGTON — Sentencing for former Rep. William Jefferson will be pushed back to Nov. 13, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled Wednesday.

Jefferson originally was scheduled for sentencing Oct. 30 after being found guilty by a Virginia jury on 11 of 16 corruption charges.

Also Wednesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released a March 2007 ruling that allowed the Justice Department to use material taken from Jefferson’s congressional office.

The ruling had been sealed at Jefferson’s request because its release would have disclosed that he had invoked his 5th Amendment protection against self incrimination in trying to keep the documents out of the hands of investigators.

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Therapist’s Request that Married FBI Agent List His Affairs Results in his Downfall

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A married FBI agent, at the center of sexual scandal that surfaced this week, had written down a list of sexual affairs with female FBI agents and a key informant in the Congressman William Jefferson case because his therapist had asked him to, according to a person familiar with situation.

The writing exercise, which became  FBI agent John Guadolo’s  undoing,  was supposed to help him realize the damage the affairs had done to his marriage, according to the source.

Instead, the affairs damaged his career after someone discovered his very personal document and showed it to his supervisors at the FBI Washington field office.

The Office of Professional Responsibility launched an internal probe into matter and he resigned in December 2008, several months before Jefferson went on trial and was convicted on 11 of 16 public corruption counts, according to government court documents.

The whole matter came to light this week when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III refused to grant a new trial to the defense team of ex-Rep. William Jefferson.

The defense had raised the sexual affair with the informant as part of its push for a new trial.

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FBI Agent Had Sexual Relations With Cooperating Witness in ex-Rep. Jefferson Case; Judge Refuses Request for New Trial

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Here’s a little explosive news. These are the things agents know can harm a case. In this case, so far, this sexual relationship hasn’t derailed the conviction. But we’ll see on appeal.

By New Orleans Times-Picayune Staff
Federal Judge T.S. Ellis III today denied former Rep. William Jefferson’s request for a new trial.

The request was based partly on the judge’s refusal to allow the jury to hear that one of the FBI agents assigned to the corruption case had a sexual relationship with a government informant who secretly recorded conversations with the defendant.

According to the ruling, lead FBI agent Timothy Thibault disclosed June 5, four days before jury selection began, that agent John Guandolo, who served as the undercover driver for the government’s informant Lori Mody, had been involved in a sexual relationship with her.

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Convicted Ex-Rep. William Jefferson Files for Chapt. 7 Bankruptcy

Ironically, this highly educated Harvard Law School grad who pursued the almighty dollar at any cost, has now filed for bankruptcy. It is the latest chapter in a sad tale of a man who had so much going for him.

William J. Jefferson

William J. Jefferson

By Frank Donze
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Faced with a recent federal court ruling that he can be held liable to forfeit nearly $500,000 in bribe money, convicted former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and his wife, Andrea, have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Jefferson, who was found guilty of 11 of 16 counts of corruption last month in a Virginia courtroom, filed paperwork on behalf of himself and his wife last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court stating that the couple have debt of between $1 million and $10 million.

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