Tuesday, July 11, 2006

FBI given OK on Jefferson search

2theadvocate.com | News | Judge says FBI search of Jefferson’s office OK:
"WASHINGTON — Saying members of Congress are not above the law, a federal judge ruled Monday that the FBI legally searched the congressional office of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans.

In an unprecedented ruling on the first-ever search of a congressional office, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan quoted Thomas Jefferson in denying Rep. William Jefferson’s motion to get the government to return computer files and two boxes of documents seized in the raid on May 20."

I really feel ambivalent about this. On the one hand, I hate to see an executive branch department searching a congressperson's office. It is just too authoritarian sounding. Seems like the executive branch trying to intimidate the legislative branch. On the other hand, it's Dollar Bill Jefferson.

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