Thursday, May 04, 2006

Exactly Whose Culture of Corruption Is It?

Gee, it's a shame when these Democrats get caught with doing something corrupt and ruin a good slogan.
A Louisville man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to bribing Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) with more than $400,000 in payments, company stock and a share of the profits to promote the Kentucky firm's high-tech business ventures in Africa.

Vernon L. Jackson, 53, owner of Louisville-based iGate Inc., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe and bribery in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of up to nine years for the crimes, which occurred from 2001 to 2005.

Jackson is the second person to plead guilty to charges of bribing the eight-term Democrat to promote iGate's broadband technology -- including Internet and cable television -- in Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. Jefferson denied any wrongdoing in the case yesterday, but his legal problems are steadily mounting and have undercut his party's efforts to portray the Republicans as the party of political corruption.