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2008-10-05 15:00:02

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., has advanced to a primary election run-off despite facing trial on public corruption charges, election returns show. Jefferson, who has held his New Orleans congressional seat for 18 years, will face former television anchorwoman Helena Moreno in a Nov. 4 run-off for the Democratic Party primary for Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Sunday. Jefferson, 61, led the seven-candidate Democratic field with 25...

2008-06-15 18:00:22

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's chances of winning a tenth term in Congress are waning, political observers say. The Louisiana Democrat, they say, defied the odds two years ago when he won re-election despite being under a federal investigation of his business dealings, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Sunday. Since then, the U.S. Justice Department has indicted Jefferson on 16 counts of public corruption charges. His trial begins in December. Making political matters worse for...

2006-07-10 17:16:38

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday upheld the FBI's unprecedented search of the office of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat who is the target of a bribery investigation. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Thomas Hogan also denied a request by Jefferson's lawyers for the return of materials seized in the May raid. Hogan rejected the argument by Jefferson's lawyers that the search violated various constitutional protections. It marked the...

2006-06-17 14:03:45

Corrects final paragraph to show Cunningham pleaded guilty, not convicted at trial By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Louisiana Democrat facing a bribery investigation was kicked off a powerful congressional committee on Friday, ending an unwelcome distraction for Democrats as they try to keep the national focus on Republican scandals in an election year. The House of Representatives voted unanimously and without debate to remove Rep. William Jefferson from the tax-writing...

2006-06-16 15:44:55

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Louisiana Democrat facing a bribery investigation was kicked off a powerful congressional committee on Friday, ending an unwelcome distraction for Democrats as they try to keep the national focus on Republican scandals in an election year. The House of Representatives voted unanimously and without debate to remove Rep. William Jefferson from the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in an anticlimactic end to a high-profile showdown between...

2006-06-16 11:00:24

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives voted on Friday to remove Rep. William Jefferson from a powerful committee while federal investigators weigh possible bribery charges against the Louisiana Democrat. The measure to remove Jefferson from the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee passed unanimously without debate, capping a contentious showdown between the New Orleans lawmaker and Democratic leaders who had asked him to step down voluntarily....

2006-06-15 21:48:40

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democrats voted on Thursday to remove Rep. William Jefferson from a powerful committee while federal investigators weigh possible bribery charges against the Louisiana Democrat. Jefferson will not be forced off the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee unless the entire House of Representatives votes to do so. The secret vote demonstrated Democrats' determination to distance themselves from the New Orleans lawmaker at a time when they...

2006-06-08 20:39:56

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Democrats will decide next week whether to remove Rep. William Jefferson from a powerful committee pending the outcome of a federal investigation of the Louisiana Democrat on possible bribery charges. "We will take it up next Thursday," said Rep. James Clyburn, the South Carolina Democrat who chairs the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. House Democrats huddled behind closed doors late Thursday following a rare meeting by...

2006-06-08 18:10:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of House Democratic leaders on Thursday recommended that Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat under investigation for alleged bribery, be removed from the House Ways and Means Committee. The House Democratic Steering Committee voted for the Jefferson's "temporary removal" from his seat on the powerful committee, which oversees tax, trade and health-care issues, according to a Democratic member of the House of Representatives. House Democrats...

2006-05-27 01:11:55

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized in a disputed search of a House member's office, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing government officials, the Times reported that Gonzalez was joined in raising the possibility of resignation by the deputy attorney general, Paul McNulty, who told associates that they had...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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