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Archive for November 7th, 2009

Weekend Series on History: J. Edgar Hoover Gives Kennedy and Nixon FBI Badges

Hoover Presents Nixon With FBI Badge

Prosecutors Want Harsh Sentence For Ex-Rep Jefferson: They Also Fear he May Flee Country

Jefferson Could Be Saying Goodbye for a long time/official photo
Jefferson Could Be Saying Goodbye for a long time/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors still have no faith in convicted ex-Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana. They fear he may flee the country and that he may have secretly stashed away cash in a foreign land.

In a sentencing memorandum filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., prosecutors not only recommended that Jefferson, 62, go to prison for 27-33 years, but that he be tossed in the can immediately after sentencing next Friday. As his luck would have it, sentencing lands on Friday the 13th.

“First the defendant is 62 years of age and a significant sentence may result in his release from prison as an elderly man,” assistant U.S. Attorney Mark D. Lytle wrote in the memorandum. “Consequently, there is a substantial risk that the defendant  may attempt to avoid his sentence by fleeing.”

“Moreover, the defendant may have the financial means necessary to sustain any flight from custody in spite of his recent bankruptcy filing,” the memo said.

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Iowa’s U.S. Atty. Matthew Whitaker to Step Down

U.S. Atty. Whitaker/doj photo
U.S. Atty. Whitaker/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Des Moines  U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, a former All-American football player for the University of Iowa, has announced his resignation, effective when his successor is officially appointed.

“Being United States Attorney is the greatest professional experience and honor of my life, ” Whitaker said in a prepared statement ”  I am very proud of what we have accomplished in this office.”

Whitaker had served as U.S. Attorney since June 2004.  He played for the University of Iowa’s last Rosebowl team in 1991.

Nick Klinefeldt is expected to replace Whitaker.  The Senate Judiciary Committee just gave Klinefeldt the nod, but he has yet to be confirmed by the full Senate.

Read Whitaker’s Press Release