The bribery charges against Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who was videotaped accepting $100,000 in cash, should be dismissed because such an act is technically closer to influence-peddling, defense argued yesterday in an Alexandria courtroom.
Rep. Jefferson's Papers WHEN A TROOP of FBI agents raided the congressional office of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) last year, lawmakers of all stripes decried what they saw as an abominable violation of separation of powers. They insisted that any material seized by the government be returned immediately.