Jury deliberates, still no verdict in trial of ex-La. congressman found with cash in freezer

Deliberations continue in ex-congressman’s trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A jury has ended its second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the corruption trial of a former Louisiana congressman who had $90,000 hidden in his freezer.

Deliberations in the case of William Jefferson lasted five hours Friday. The 12-member jury will resume work Monday morning.

Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, is accused of receiving more than $400,000 in bribes and soliciting millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.

Jefferson’s attorneys say he was acting as a private business consultant and his actions did not constitute bribery under federal law.

In August 2005, FBI agents searched Jefferson’s Washington home and found the cash hidden in his freezer.

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