Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of racketeering, money laundering, soliciting bribes, and obstruction of justice.
Jefferson gained the attention of a Virginia U.S. attorney's office for allegedly accepting bribes to steer business to a communications firm in Nigeria and soliciting bribes to benefit various companies owned by his family. He is free on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond. He took an oath affirming he would make future court appearances in lieu of paying the bond. You gotta love Louisiana politics. But it gets better.......
Rep. Jefferson, who has achieved a grade of "F" from the NRA for his anti-gun record, strives to disarm his constituents, but not himself. Jefferson admitted to keeping rifles and shotguns in his home and was forced to surrender them in response to his indictment. "I've been hunting since I was 10 years old," he told the judge. Jefferson's attorney, Robert Trout, will take possession of his guns and passport.