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Supreme Court Won't Hear Ex-Congressman's Bid to Vacate Bribery Conviction

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Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of corruption charges.

The Supreme Court also declined to take up an earlier appeal in the case brought by the Justice Department after a federal appeals court ruled that aspects of the FBI’s 2006 search of Jefferson’s Capitol Hill office violated the Constitution’s Speech or Debate clause. Legislative documents taken during the raid were returned to Jefferson, but computer hard drives and other items were not. Federal agents also kept evidence seized from Jefferson’s home, including the $90,000 found in his kitchen freezer. Jefferson also made an earlier unsuccessful appeal to the high court to have his indictment thrown out based on that ruling.

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