Delusional Negroes rally for “Dollar Bill”

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Hat Tip: By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press 

NEW ORLEANS – Supporters of a Democratic congressman charged with bribery and money laundering harkened to their civil rights days on Wednesday as they denounced the allegations against U.S. Rep. William Jefferson.

The group, including ministers and the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, alleged the 16-count corruption indictment was the work of a Republican White House and Justice Department scheming to target black Democratic leaders and shift attention from legal troubles of Republican congressmen.

“When it’s all over, Bill Jefferson will stand up like Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. He will stand up in the South and he will be victorious,” said the Rev. Samson “Skip” Alexander.

The news conference attended by about 50 people was a sign Jefferson hasn’t lost friends in New Orleans, which re-elected him to a ninth term from Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in December 2006 despite an FBI probe of his African business dealings.

Prosecutors say Jefferson used his influence as co-chairman of the congressional Africa Investment and Trade Caucus to broker deals in numerous African nations, and that he demanded kickbacks for himself and for family members. He is also charged with bribing a Nigerian official.

He allegedly received more than $500,000 in bribes and demanded millions more between 2000 and 2005. He has pleaded not guilty.

The group said they would raise money for his legal defense and offer public relations help through the Justice for Jefferson Committee.

Tracie Washington, a civil rights lawyer, asked the audience to give Jefferson the benefit of the doubt.

Danatus King, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said, “it’s important that all of us keep our eyes on the prize and that prize is one word, and that one word is justice.”

Asked to comment on allegations aired at the news conference, Bryan Sierra, a Justice Department spokesman, said “I’m not even going to dignify that with a response.” White House spokesman Blair Jones also declined to comment.

Not everyone in attendance at Wednesday’s news conference expressed undivided loyalty to Jefferson.

Sitawi Jahi, a 54-year-old youth development program director, said he came “to gather facts.” But he said his confidence in Jefferson was strained by some of the evidence, in particular an allegation the FBI found $90,000 in bribe money in the congressman’s freezer.

“That’s hard to explain,” he said.

Jefferson’s legal defense fund, set up about 18 months ago, has about $140,000, according to Walter Wilkerson, the lawyer handling the fund.

I wish these Negroes would stop drinking from the bitter chalice of Dollar Bill’s B.S.  Ain’t a damn thing in the Ninth Ward been re-built and they are defending this Nigra? 

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Genarlow Wilson still awaiting justice

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In this photo provided by the family of Genarlow Wilson he is shown in a portrait at the age of 17. A Georgia judge ordered the release Monday, June 10, 2007,  of Wilson, who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.  (AP Photo/Wilson Family Photo, fILE )

Hat Tip: Associated Press by Shannon McCaffrey 

Genarlow Wilson, in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17, will spend at least three more weeks in prison despite a judge ruling Monday he should be released, his lawyer said.

Douglas County Superior Court Judge David Emerson on Tuesday set the bond hearing for July 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Wilson’s attorney, B.J. Bernstein had been seeking a quick hearing in Douglas County court, even though the district attorney there has said he opposes the move.

“It’s a long ways away, especially when we just had a judge say he could be released,” Bernstein said of the July 5 hearing. “I just don’t understand why; all it would take is the consent from the district attorney to do that.”

On Monday, a judge said that Wilson should be freed from prison and not be listed on Georgia’s sex offender registry. Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson called the 10-year mandatory sentence he received “a grave miscarriage of justice” that violated the constitution.

But state Attorney General Thurbert Baker immediately announced his intention to appeal the decision, saying the sentence was valid. That move kept Wilson behind bars for now.

Baker is seeking an expedited appeal before the Georgia Supreme Court, which has already ruled against Wilson once.

Bernstein said Wilson had not yet heard news Tuesday afternoon of the court date. She said the time delay is not unusual for a typical pretrial hearing, but that Wilson’s is an atypical case.

“That happens in a lot of places, but this is really an unusual circumstance,” she said. “It’s not like we’re waiting to see if we’re guilty or not guilty of something.”

Prosecutors questioned why Wilson had not accepted a plea deal on the table that would allow him to serve a maximum of five years in prison and also avoid being listed on the state’s sex offender registry when he’s released from prison.

“Wilson, through his attorneys, rejected all of those offers,” Baker said in a statement.

Wilson has served more than 28 months in prison.

A jury in 2005 found Wilson guilty of aggravated child molestation for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl during a 2003 New Year’s Eve party involving alcohol and marijuana. Although the sex act was consensual, it was illegal under Georgia law.

Wilson was also charged with rape for being one of several male partygoers at the Douglas County hotel to have sex with another 17-year-old girl, but was acquitted. The party was captured on a videotape that was played for the jury.

The five other male partygoers took plea deals in the case.

Bernstein said Wilson’s family ran through an exhausting gamut of emotions Monday and Tuesday – from joy at the judge’s order to disappointment at the delays in his possible release.

“I had to get his mom some rest – she was having a very difficult time by the end of the day,” Bernstein said.

The case has drawn international attention, with supporters including former President Jimmy Carter, raising questions about the role of race in the judicial system’s treatment of Wilson, who is black.

At the time of his crime, Wilson would have faced just one year in prison if he had sexual intercourse with the girl. The “Romeo and Juliet” exception in Georgia law also would have allowed him to avoid the sex offender registry.

Lawmakers last year voted to close that loophole. But the state’s top court said the new law could not be applied retroactively to Wilson, now 21.

Fascinating Rasmussen Poll: Obama and Bloomberg tied

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Hat Tip: Rasmussen Reports

A new telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports highlights the difficulty of estimating the potential impact of an independent Presidential campaign by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

While any third party campaign is a long-shot at best, Bloomberg has reportedly said he will spend up to a billion dollars of his own money on a campaign. Given such resources, he could be competitive with the major party candidates in getting his message out.

When voters are told in advance that Bloomberg might spend up to a billion dollars on a campaign, and that he might support proposals to get voters back in the loop of America’s political system, 51% of New Jersey voters say they would consider voting for him. Just 23% would not. Not surprisingly, given his regional name recognition, that’s a bit more support than found in national polling.

In fact, in a three-way race with Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D) and former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson (R), Bloomberg is tied for the lead. It’s Obama 32% Bloomberg 32% and Thompson 20%.

Bloomberg does almost as well when the other candidates are former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (D) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R). With that match up, it’s Edwards 34% Bloomberg 32% and just 18% for Romney.

Bloomberg does not fare as well when the major party candidates are also from New York. An all New York general election match-up shows New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D) with 38%, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani 29% and Bloomberg 21%.

If Bloomberg found himself in second place as Election 2008 progresses, the dynamics get even more interesting. If it became clear that the Republican candidate couldn’t win, 48% of New Jersey voters say they’d pull the lever for Bloomberg over New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D). Just 36% would vote for Clinton.

If the Democratic candidate couldn’t win, 33% of voters would prefer former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani while 48% would prefer Bloomberg.

These results are dramatically stronger for the Mayor than an earlier New Jersey survey in which respondents were not told in advance about Bloomberg’s reported spending commitment or any campaign themes.

In this survey, before the ballot questions were asked, respondents were asked a series of questions to determine if they would be more or less likely to vote for Bloomberg. Forty-six percent (46%) say they’d be more likely to vote for Bloomberg he were to support a proposal requiring all tax increases to be approved by voters.

Forty-five percent (45%) say they’d be more likely to vote for Bloomberg if he were to build a true third party rather than just make an ego-driven run for the White House.

In this survey, 33% of New Jersey voters believe it is possible for him to win the White House if he spends that much money. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say it is not possible while 28% are not sure. Those figures are identical to the earlier New Jersey survey.

Bloomberg is contemplating running at a time when the brand names of the two major parties is not doing well —the number of people considering themselves Republicans has dropped to the lowest level of the Bush era and the number of Democrats has just declined to the lowest level in seventeen months.