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Archive for November 14th, 2009

Farewell in Va. to DEA Agent Forrest Leamon Who Died in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

The Jefferson Political Dynasty Turned to Dust and Into a Crime Family

William Jefferson

William Jefferson

By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com

Down in New Orleans, in Bayou country, the Jefferson family was a political force to be reckoned with.

The patriarch, former Rep. William Jefferson, headed a political machine called the Progressive Democrats. His power base included his sister Betty, a 4th District Assessor; his brother Mose, a political operative; brother-in-law Alan Green, a state judge; and daughter Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a Harvard-educated lawyer and state representative, who was hoping one day to replace her father in Congress.

Fast-forward to today. The political dynasty is not only dead, but you need a scorecard to track who in the family is off to prison and who is awaiting trial.

Tulane University political science professor Brian J. Brox says that, simply put, the dynasty rose from humble beginnings and showed some of the best aspects of American politics, but ultimately the worst: “power for power’s sake, power for personal gain.”

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Ex-Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter Gets 18 Months for Lying to FBI Agent

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Hinds County, Miss. Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter who made history as a prosecutor in the 1990s, is headed off to jail for lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption probe, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen, Miss.  sentenced him to 18 months in prison, the news agency reported.

DeLaughter found fame in the 1990s as an assistant district attorney after he  helped convict Byron de la Beckwith in for
the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, which became the subject of a Hollywood movie.

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