No more jail time recommended for ex-US Congressman William Jefferson

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending that a former Louisiana congressman serve no more jail time now that many of the convictions against him have been overturned.           

William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, has served more than five years in a federal prison after being convicted on bribery charges.           

But he was released from prison earlier this year. A judge ruled that seven conviction counts against him should be tossed out because of a recent Supreme Court ruling making it more difficult to convict public officials on bribery charges.           

Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years, but he is scheduled for a new sentencing hearing Friday. In a court document made public Thursday, prosecutors indicate they and defense attorneys will jointly recommend a sentence of time served.

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