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Court: Jefferson search constitutional
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 10, 2006

Not that we had any doubt here but this is sure to see Sensenbrenner and Hastart apoplectic:
A federal judge has ruled that an FBI raid in May on Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson's Capitol Hill offices was constitutional, saying, "There was no impermissible intrusion on the legislature."

The search of Jefferson's office on the weekend of May 20th was the first ever of a congressman's office in the history of Congress.

Judge Thomas Hogan ruled that there is "No support for the proposition that a member of Congress must be given advance notice of a search."
Any bets that they'd be brazen enough to pass legislation aimed at curbing this obvious 'abuse'? Heh ...

BTW, Hogan was the judge who signed and okayed the FBI search warrant for Jefferson's office.

That just screams "appeal", doesn't it?

It does:
Robert Trout, Jefferson's attorney has told NBC that he will likely appeal the judge's ruling. Trout says his goal is to have the seized materials returned to Jefferson.
Hogan also dealt with another issue, the speech and debate clause in the Constitution:
Also at issue, a provision in the U.S. Constitution - known as the Speech and Debate Clause - which protects Members of Congress from being questioned by the president, a prosecutor or a plaintiff in a lawsuit concerning their legislative work.

In his ruling, Judge Hogan says, "Congressman Jefferson has not been made to answer, either in terms of questions or in terms of defending himself from prosecution, for speech or activities done in furtherance of the legislative process. Therefore, the search did not violate the Speech or Debate Clause."
So, 0 for 2 in the first round but with an appeal in the works.
 
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Earlier today you consistently referred to congressman Jefferson as a Republican. Whether this was an accident or on purpose; If I read your site any more I must have a highly skeptical view of your credibility, honesty, motivation, or professionalism.
 
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Earlier today you consistently referred to congressman Jefferson as a Republican. Whether this was an accident or on purpose; If I read your site any more I must have a highly skeptical view of your credibility, honesty, motivation, or professionalism.


Really? And where was that? We’ve not mentioned Jefferson for quite some time.
 
Written By: McQ
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Well No D’uh.... how could it NOT be legal or Constitutional? The whole episode was amazingly silly. Thankfully BOTH parties participated in this Goat Rodeo so neither is going to take a pounding at the polls.
 
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