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United States v. Rayburn HOB, Rm 2113 - Rep. Jefferson
On April 6, 2007, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit opposing efforts by Representative William Jefferson of New Orleans, Louisiana, to have the government return all records seized from his office in May 2006 by the FBI in searching his office for evidence of criminal activity for bribery and other crimes. A lawful search of Rep. Jefferson's home in August 2005 turned up $90,000 in cash in his freezer that was part of the $100,000 that was allegedly earmarked for bribing Nigerian officials to obtain contracts for a business venture. While Rep. Jefferson does not challenge the validity of the search warrant, he claims the search violated his rights under the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution, and that he should be the first to decide which documents the FBI can have and which are privileged.
Case Status:
Oral argument held May 15, 2007; awaiting decision.
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4/6/2007: Download the Brief

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