Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by William Jefferson, the former congressman serving a 13-year prison term after being convicted of accepting more than $450,000 in bribes.
Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat, argued unsuccessfully that a federal appeals court improperly stretched the U.S. bribery law when it upheld all but one of the 11 counts in his 2009 conviction.
Jefferson was videotaped in 2005 accepting $100,000 in a leather briefcase at a hotel in Arlington, Virginia. About $90,000 of the marked bills was later discovered in a freezer in Jefferson’s home in Washington.
Jefferson, 65, lost his bid for a 10th term in the House of Representatives in 2008 after he was indicted on fraud and bribery charges.
The case is Jefferson v. United States, 12-111.
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