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High court rejects appeal of ex-La. congressman

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Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:55 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: william jefferson, conviction, corruption, court, bribe, louisiana, wbrz

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place the corruption conviction of a former Louisiana congressman who hid money from bribes in his freezer.

The justices on Monday rejected without comment an appeal by former Rep. William Jefferson, who is serving a 13-year term in federal prison.

The Louisiana Democrat was convicted in 2009 after FBI agents investigating allegations of corruption found $90,000 in cash hidden in Jefferson's freezer.

A federal appeals court upheld all but one of the 11 counts on which a jury convicted Jefferson.

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