Jefferson and his clan ruled New Orleans elections for decades. His political machine almost guaranteed who would be elected or reelected.
With his final appeal almost exhausted, Bill Jefferson, the patriarch of the crime family, should be in a federal jail cell before the year is out.
Let's recap. Bill Jefferson-convicted felon. His brother Mose Jefferson- convicted felon. His 2 sisters, Brenda and Betty-convicted felons. His niece Angela Coleman-convicted felon. And finally his brother's girlfriend, Gill Pratt-convicted felon.
That's a lot of convicted felons!
Thank goodness for extremely effective U.S. Attn Jim Letton and his Asst U.S. attn's Daniel Friel, Fred Harper, and Brian Marcel. They did the heavy lifting by putting away the major players in the Jefferson family criminal enterprise.
It's the end of an era. The Bill Jefferson era. And that's very good news for New Orleans.