Day Three Of Jury Deliberations In Ex-Congressman Case

Why don't they just take the rest of the century?

By JIM NEWELL
|  Monday, Aug 3, 2009  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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Day Three Of Jury Deliberations In Ex-Congressman Case

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He cannot wear that suit in prison.

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When FBI raiders discovered $90,000 cash stuffed in the emptied food boxes of then-Congressman William Jefferson's Washington home in 2005, and not long thereafter indicted him on more than a dozen federal corruption charges, it didn't seem viscerally possible that during his trial several years later, the jury would need more than 27 seconds to reach a guilty, guilty, GUILTY verdict.

But this morning, at 9:30 a.m., Alexandria jurors recommenced for Day Three of deliberations.

Perhaps "it isn't what it looks like!" is an accurate defense in this rare case?

Or perhaps the jury is just lazy, and doesn't want to go back to "the real world" of working?

The world is waiting,slowpokes.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The jury in the William Jefferson corruption trial completed its second day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict, breaking about 90 minutes early to go home for the weekend.

Judge T.S. Ellis said he agreed to let jurors retire ahead of the usual 5:30 p.m. ending time to accommodate the wishes of one or more jurors.

That's 90 minutes of state-paid convictin' time, people.

Jim Newell writes for Wonkette and IvyGate.

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