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November 10, 2009

Prosecutors seeking long prison term for ex-Rep. William Jefferson

As detailed in lots of media coverage, federal prosecutors are seeking a long prison term for former US Representative William Jefferson following his bribery convictions.  Yet, as these different headlines from different press sources reveal, it is not perfectly clear how long a prison term prosecutors are seeking:

I suspect this variation in reporting is a result of the government's guidelines, which prosecutors are likely stressing because they produce a range of 324-405 months of recommended imprisonment.

The piece from The BLT reports on how Jefferson's lawyers are countering the prosecution's sentencing recommendations:

Jefferson’s lawyers issued their own sentencing memorandum ... asking for a sentence of less than 10 years.  The memo notes that no member of Congress has ever been sentenced to more than 100 months in prison, and that other sentences in the Jefferson investigation have been less than a decade.

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"The memo notes that no member of Congress has ever been sentenced to more than 100 months in prison."

Well, there's a first time for everything. Hopefully this will be it. Jefferson did something that strikes at the fundamental heart of being a representative, and a strong message needs to be sent.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Nov 10, 2009 9:31:05 AM

Sending Rep Jefferson to more than 100 months in prison makes no more sense than Bernie Kerik pleading guilty and expecting 27 months in prison. Neither case sends any "message" and nothing is be gained from harsh sentencing as to Jefferson or minimal sentencing as to Kerik.
They are examples of the same misjudgments and corruption as found in the current administration of advisors who fail to obey the law or fail to pay taxes and maintain their jobs in Washington DC without penalty. The public has rightfully given up on leadership from the Top.
Thiscountry is slowing engaging in becoming a "house divided" at various levels and on a variety of topics. The Congress heeds not the examples of Jefferson and Kerik or the welfare of the american middle class. Indeed, these cases are mere representations of what is happening wholesale by the protested few while the National Treasury is being looted and useless foreign wars are being promulgated.

Posted by: Dr. Paul Luskin | Nov 10, 2009 2:34:43 PM

I wonder what the CBC thinks.

Posted by: federalist | Nov 10, 2009 2:56:04 PM

Why aren't Jefferson's lawyers asking for ZERO jail time? According to what they passionately told the jury, their client didn't do anything wrong. How could they now ask for a prison sentence of any kind unless they, you know, didn't believe what they were saying in court -- arms flailing -- only weeks ago?

What's that? They didn't actually believe what they were saying?? OH NO!!!

Actually, given the idiot Republican who replaced Jefferson in his Congressional seat, it wouldn't bother me if the judge sentenced him to return to the House. Unlike his replacement, at least Jefferson knew what he was doing.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Nov 10, 2009 3:49:50 PM

Just to pick one point: as if prosecutors believe all of what they are saying. . .

Posted by: Mark # 1 | Nov 11, 2009 2:12:43 AM

"Thiscountry is slowing engaging in becoming a "house divided" at various levels and on a variety of topics. The Congress heeds not the examples of Jefferson and Kerik or the welfare of the american middle class. Indeed, these cases are mere representations of what is happening wholesale by the protested few while the National Treasury is being looted and useless foreign wars are being promulgated.

Posted by: Dr. Paul Luskin | Nov 10, 2009 2:34:43 PM"

hi Dr! i think it's more correct to say this county is WELL ON IT'S WAY to becoming a 3rd World banana republic! just like the crooked govt of mexico and south america we used to laugh at. Pity a lot of them have managed to get their act together and we have went completely NUTS.

Posted by: rodsmith3510 | Nov 12, 2009 3:20:02 AM

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