Jefferson Prosecutors Make Closing Arguments

Posted July 29, 2009 at 11:15am

Federal prosecutors offered their closing arguments in the criminal trial of ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) on Wednesday, detailing a long list of allegations of bribery.

“Congressman Jefferson not only sold his office, but he wanted to make sure he got top dollar for it,— said federal prosecutor Rebeca Bellows. “It’s time at long last to bring Congressman Jefferson to justice.—

Bellows spent approximately two hours detailing the 16-count indictment against Jefferson.

Jefferson’s defense team is scheduled to make its closing argument Wednesday afternoon.

Jury selection in the case, being tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, began June 9. The jury consists of eight women and four men.