Dec 21, 2007

The Jefferson gambit

Prosecutors have run into a legal roadblock in their investigation of unnamed members of Congress. According to the Sacramento Bee, an appeals court ruled that prosecutors cannot search areas where legislative records might be found without prior approval from the legislator, who just might have a reason to say no.

The Department of Justice warns that active investigations could hit a brick wall if it can't follow the paper trails and so has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.

The lower court came to the decision after a search of House records held by Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, who has been indicted on bribery charges. The Bee confirms that a probe into California Rep. John Doolittle's ties to Jack Abramoff could be stymied.

I wonder who else might be on the list?

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