Is Cold Cash Jefferson getting 13 years on ice an omen for current investigations?
“… ‘Cold Cash’ Jefferson had it coming. Thirteen years in prison for what the judge in the case called ‘the most extensive and pervasive pattern of corruption in the history of Congress:’
soliciting bribes, depriving citizens of honest service, money laundering and using his congressional office as a racketeering enterprise. The case was best known for the $90,000 federal agents found hidden in the freezer of Jefferson’s home in Washington, D.C.”
“…Ellis said he found Jefferson’s conduct “a cancer on the body politic.”
“Nearly half the members of a House panel in control of Pentagon spending, including Rep. John Murtha, are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress, according to a leaked report”
“Investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.,chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on defense, and six other lawmakers and their relationships with an influential lobbying firm”:
Reps. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., James Moran, D-Va, Reps. Norm *****, D-Wash., Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., and Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.
Jefferson could have gotten up to 33 years and prosecuters feel he got off easy.
However, in view of his sentencing, how do you think the sentencing bodes for the congressmen currently under investigation?
The committee said it is investigating whether Rep. Maxine Waters used her influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock, and whether the couple benefited as a result. Separately, the panel is investigating whether Rep. Laura Richardson failed to disclose required information on her financial disclosure forms and received special treatment from a lender."
"Prosecutor Mark Lytle said that, had Jefferson's schemes come to full fruition, he stood to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in 11 separate bribery schemes."