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Former congressman to be sentenced today

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 8:37 AM by Associated Press
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The former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 cash in his freezer and was later convicted of federal bribery charges will soon learn his punishment.

William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon in Virginia. Jefferson was convicted on charges including bribery and racketeering.

Prosecutors want the 62-year-old Jefferson to serve at least 27 years in prison, which would be the longest term ever imposed on a congressman convicted of bribery.

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