Congressman's Bribery Appeal Won't Get High Court Hearing

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 2:32 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider the appeal of former U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., who was convicted by a Virginia federal jury in August 2009 for soliciting bribes in connection with business dealings in West Africa.

The high court declined Jefferson's petition in its Monday order list, almost four months after the congressman argued that lower courts had misinterpreted the meaning of official acts under the federal bribery statute and applied too expansive a definition of the term.

Jefferson was sentenced...
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