According to Nola.com- "Witnesses were particularly pointed last week in accusing Jefferson of manipulating payoffs to family members, although his attorneys say they offered no hard evidence that Jefferson used his congressional office to benefit clients -- a necessary element in the federal bribery statute. They describe his business dealings as private business deals."
Here we go again, another promeint politician caught up in scandal. I think that should be a prerequesite when you are joining the political arena, "must be scandalous." It seems Democratic Congressman William Jefferson demanded payments to family-owned businesses for his help with business projects in western Africa. He is not the first to do this, and sadly not the last to get caught.
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