Jefferson Sentencing Delayed Until Mid-November

Posted October 13, 2009 at 4:00pm

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) will not be sentenced on public corruption charges until mid-November, after winning a two-week delay from the federal court.

According to a ruling published Tuesday, District Judge T.S. Ellis approved Jefferson’s request for an additional two weeks to review a pre-sentencing report, scheduling a new sentencing date for Nov. 13. Ellis made the decision Friday.

Jefferson’s attorneys sought the additional time citing federal law that grants defendants at least 35 days to review the report, which typically contains information on prior convictions or arrests, as well as information on employment and educational history and family.

A federal jury found 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.