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 FBIís 2006 search of Jeffersonís Capitol Hill office violated the Constitutionís 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 Jeffersonís 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.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.