A Case Famous for ‘Cold Money’ Back Before Court
2017-02-04 22:00:00

A court in the state of Virginia is reviewing a legal case against a congressman who had $90,000 in his freezer.(1)
弗吉尼亚州一家法院正在审查法律案件起诉一名国会议员曾 $90,000 在他的冰箱里。

Former U.S. Congressman William Jefferson has been in prison since 2012 after being found guilty of corruption.(2)
前美国国会议员威廉 · 杰斐逊以来在狱中被认定有罪的腐败 2012年。

He is asking a federal court to overturn the guilty ruling against him.(3)

After a jury found him guilty, a judge sentenced Jefferson to 13 years in prison.(4)
陪审团裁定他有罪后,法官判杰斐逊 13 年在狱中。

It was the longest prison sentence ever given to a member of Congress.(5)

Jefferson is a Democrat who represented New Orleans, Louisiana in Congress.(6)

He was found guilty of trying to influence leaders in Nigeria and other African nations to help an American business that provided his family with money and stock.(7)

The American business wanted to set up cable television, telephone and internet services in Africa.(8)
美国企业想要成立了有线电视、 电话和互联网服务在非洲。

“Cold cash’ in food boxes(9)
"冷现金 ' 在食品盒

The case received a lot of attention in Nigeria. One reason was that $90,000 in $100 bills was found in food boxes in a freezer in the congressman’s Washington D.C. apartment.(10)
案件在尼日利亚收到了大量关注。其中一个原因是,$90,000 在 100 美元的钞票被发现在国会议员的华盛顿特区的公寓的冰箱里的食品盒。

The case became the subject of jokes on American and Nigerian television.(11)

Television hosts called the money, “cold cash," or “cold money.”(12)

During the trial, the government said Jefferson was recorded saying he needed money to persuade Nigeria’s vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to approve the American company’s business deals.(13)

Asked if he delivered the money during a secretly recorded discussion, Jefferson said he had given the “African art” to the Nigerian vice president.(14)

The government said those words were “code" for cash.(15)

But Jefferson and his wife, Andrea, later wrote that they never were asked and never gave money to any government official.(16)

During his trial, the government played a video of Jefferson accepting a briefcase that the government said was filled with $100,000 in $100 bills.(17)
他在审判期间,政府发挥了杰斐逊视频接受政府说一个公文包中弥漫 $ 100000 100 美元的钞票。

It was that money -- missing $10,000 -- which was found in Jefferson’s freezer, the government argued.(18)
它是那笔钱 — — 缺少美元 10,000 — — 在杰斐逊的冰箱,发现政府辩称。

John Campbell is a former United States ambassador to Nigeria.(19)
约翰 · 坎贝尔是前的美国驻尼日利亚大使。

Campbell said the case received “attention” in Nigeria because it had so many unusual details and Abubakar was a senior government official.(20)
坎贝尔说︰ 案件收到"注意"在尼日利亚,因为它有很多不同寻常的细节和阿布巴卡尔是一位高级政府官员。

Abubakar twice ran unsuccessfully for president and is reported to be a possible presidential candidate in the next Nigerian national elections.(21)

Why the case did not get more attention(22)

Campbell said the case might have gotten even more attention if corruption was not common in Nigeria.(23)

Now, Jefferson is appealing the guilty ruling, which he wants overturned.(24)

His lawyers argue that the U.S. Supreme Court last year redefined how corruption cases should be decided.(25)

In 2016, the Supreme Court overturned the guilty ruling against former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell.(26)
在 2016 年,最高法院推翻有罪裁决反对前弗吉尼亚州州长罗伯特 · 麦克唐奈。

McDonnell and his wife were found guilty of corruption in 2014.(27)
麦克和他的妻子被判有罪的腐败在 2014 年。

The government charged that McDonnell received an expensive watch and his wife was given a shopping spree, among other gifts, from the owner of a Virginia business.(28)

But the U.S. Supreme Court said the jury in the McDonnell case was given a definition of official acts that went too far.(29)

The definition, it said, would make government leaders worry about scheduling needed meetings out of fear of facing criminal charges.(30)

The court said there was testimony that McDonnell set up meetings for the Virginia businessman, but none that he provided direct benefits in return for the gifts.(31)

During his 2009 trial, Jefferson’s lawyer Robert Trout argued that Jefferson’s actions of trying to get African officials to grant business to an American company were not part of his official duties.(32)
在他 2009 年庭审,杰斐逊的律师罗伯特 · 鳟鱼认为杰斐逊的行动试图让非洲国家政府官员向一家美国公司授予业务不属于他的公职。

A congressman’s job, Trout said, is to vote on bills, introduce bills, and attend committee meetings.(33)

Trout said the trial judge, T.S. Ellis III, gave the jury a definition of official acts that was too broad.(34)

Federal officials who brought the case said the guilty ruling against Jefferson should remain.(35)

Ellis will decide what to do with Jefferson’s appeal.(36)

Jefferson is serving his 13-year sentence in a prison in Louisiana.(37)
杰斐逊服刑 13 年在路易斯安那州监狱。

He is to be released on August 30, 2023, when he would be 76 years old.(38)
他是于 2023 年 8 月 30 日,当他将 76 岁公布。

I’m Bruce Alpert.(39)
我是布鲁斯 · 阿尔珀特。

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