5th Circ. Says Judge Erred In Bribery Testimony Finding

Law360, New York (October 6, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT) -- An appeals court ruled Wednesday that a former political operative can be questioned about his bribery and obstruction of justice convictions, should he testify during his trial in a separate racketeering case.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said a lower court judge abused his discretion when he ruled that prosecutors couldn't mention Mose Jefferson's prior convictions if Jefferson took the stand during his trial, which includes charges of bribing officials over government contracts.

The racketeering trial of Jefferson,...
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