Ex-Lawmaker Asks High Court To Review Bribery Conviction

Law360, New York (July 27, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT) -- A former Louisiana congressman is appealing his racketeering conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing in a petition filed Wednesday that lower courts misinterpreted the meaning of official acts under the federal bribery statute and applied too expansive a definition of the term.

Former U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., who was  sentenced to 13 years in prison after a jury convicted him in August 2009 of charges that he solicited bribes in connection with business dealings in West Africa, claims that the alleged bribes did...
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