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Renee Gill Pratt
Mose Jefferson's bid for indigent status denied
Mose Jefferson's bid for indigent status denied

A former Louisiana congressman's brother isn't indigent and doesn't qualify for a government-funded lawyer to defend him against bribery charges, a federal magistrate ruled Thursday.Mose Jefferson is the brother of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who was convicted Wednesday of bribery and other public corruption charges. Mose Jefferson claims he can't afford to pay his private lawyers in separate bribery and racketeering conspiracy cases because his property and assets are tied up as a result of his legal troubles. However, U.S. Magistrate Louis Moore Jr., said Mose Jefferson owns a home worth more than $200,000 that could be sold if he wasn't using it as...