A federal judge rejected ex-Rep. William Jeffersons (D-La.) request for a new trial, dismissing the former lawmakers assertion that the sexual affair between a key witness and an FBI agent should have been disclosed to jurors during his trial.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis ruled Friday that information about the affair, which federal prosecutors disclosed in a confidential filing one day before jury selection began in June, was not relevant to any matters at issue at trial.
According to Ellis ruling, Virginia businesswoman Lori Mody, who recorded conversations with Jefferson and served as an FBI informant, engaged in a sexual relationship with FBI agent John Guandolo, who worked undercover, posing as Modys driver during the Jefferson investigation.
Ellis noted that Mody did not testify during the trial however, the government and the defense did play numerous snippets of Mody and Jeffersons meetings and the information would not have been admissible to challenge Modys credibility.
A federal jury ruled Jefferson guilty in August of 11 criminal charges including conspiracy to solicit bribes, money laundering, wire fraud and a pattern of racketeering activity.
The same jury determined Jefferson may have to forfeit up to $471,000, plus additional stock holdings, the income that he received as a result of those criminal activities.
Jefferson filed for bankruptcy in late August. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson appears at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church on M Street Northwest for a pre-rally before a march to the White House to protest what is seen as President Barack Obama's lack of action in addressing a variety of problems in black communities.
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