DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> PELICANPOST.BLOGSPOT.COM: Federal judge ruled that the FBI's raid on Democrat U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's office on Capitol Hill was totally legal...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Federal judge ruled that the FBI's raid on Democrat U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's office on Capitol Hill was totally legal...

Well, well. Is anyone surprised about this ruling? I didn't think so. No one in their right mind would believe that any Congress-member has a special "legislative privilege" that places him or her above the rule of law.

There is no expectation of an off-limits area that law enforcement cannot enter and search when they have a valid judge-ordered and signed warrant to do so. The very idea that federal agents can't search a federal office building for evidence of a federal crime is absurd on its face.

Guess we'll now see various and sundry items being carted out of Capitol Hill Congressional offices now. Can't have those nosy ol' G-men finding all the incriminating tidbits that arrogantly self-entitled Congress-members have been storing and hiding from prying eyes in their assumed-to-be-total-sanctuary offices.

No tellin' what kinda' stories all those hard drives and files could tell if they could talk.

I just this minute heard on FNC that Jefferson is appealing the ruling and asking for a stay so that nobody can unseal and examine the documents that were siezed by the FBI. The higher appeals court is the one that would order a stay.

Seems to me a stay would unreasonably interfere with and hinder a federal investigation and keep a corrupt Congressman propped up in an official elected position that requires ethics, integrity, upholding of the rule of law at all times, and not bringing dishonor to the Congress---all of which Mr. Jefferson has failed to live up to.

Read about it below and here:
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An FBI raid on a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office was legal, a federal judge ruled Monday. Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office.

In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intimidation of elected officials.
Jefferson's theory of legislative privilege "would have the effect of converting every congressional office into a taxpayer-subsidized sanctuary for crime," the judge said..."

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