Ex-congressman could get time served at new sentencing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former congressman convicted nearly a decade ago on bribery charges is in line to receive a significantly reduced sentence.
A re-sentencing hearing is scheduled Friday in federal court for William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat.
He's served more than five years of a 13-year sentence on bribery-related charges. His case garnered national headlines in 2005 when a government sting resulted in $90,000 in cash being found in his freezer.
Last month, though, a judge tossed out seven of 10 conviction counts against Jefferson. And he said Jefferson was entitled to a new sentencing hearing on the remaining three counts.
The judge said a recent Supreme Court ruling changed what constitutes bribery under federal law.
Prosecutors are recommending his sentence be reduced to time served.

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