William Jefferson’s attorneys want all but one charge thrown out before jury gets corruption case

July 27th, 2009

New Orleans Times-Picayune

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Federal Judge T.S. Ellis III summoned prosecution and defense lawyers for a hearing late this afternoon that likely will include discussion, and possibly rulings, on defense motions to drop 15 of the 16 corruption charges against former Rep. William Jefferson and the question on how he should instruct the jury that will decide his fate.

The hearing comes one day before the jury is to hear closing arguments in the trial, which began June 9 with jury selection.

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