William Jefferson http://wwno.org en Rags to Riches to Prison for Ex-Congressman http://wwno.org/post/rags-riches-prison-ex-congressman <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; <font color="red">William</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Jefferson</font>, who rose from north Louisiana poverty to become the state&#39;s first modern era African-American congressman and one of its most powerful politicians, is expected to report to a federal prison Friday.</p><p>A federal investigation dissolved his power and turned him into a laughing stock over bribe money hidden in his freezer.</p><p>He was convicted in 2009 of soliciting bribes in connection with African business deals. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 16:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10251 at http://wwno.org LA-2: Incumbent Jefferson Faces Six Challengers in Primary http://wwno.org/post/la-2-incumbent-jefferson-faces-six-challengers-primary <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d1d1f42ed4e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d1d1f42ed4e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d1d1f42ed4e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-769282.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Saturday's primary is another chapter in the story of William Jefferson, the 18-year incumbent whose political career may hang in the balance.</p> Fri, 03 Oct 2008 15:30:57 +0000 Eve Abrams 1498 at http://wwno.org