Convicted Ex-Rep. Has 10 Business Days to Appeal

Posted November 14, 2009 at 4:48pm

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), who was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison but not immediately taken into custody, is awaiting a hearing Wednesday that will determine when he begins serving his sentence.

Jefferson was found guilty in August of 11 criminal charges, including conspiracy to solicit bribes, money laundering, wire fraud and a pattern of racketeering activity.

He has 10 business days to file an appeal.

At the hearing Wednesday, Judge T.S. Ellis will hear from prosecutors who have labeled the former lawmaker a flight risk and from Jefferson’s attorneys who are arguing that the Louisianan should remain free while he appeals his conviction, according to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

While it is unlikely Jefferson will remain free during the appeals process, his attorneys have asked that he turn himself in on Jan. 4.