The Times-Picayune sought FBI files on Bill Jefferson's corruption case. They came 12 years later.

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The documents involving one of the most sensational cases in the long colorful history of Louisiana corruption arrived in the mail last week — a mere 12 years after I requested them.

When I filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2009, my Times-Picayune editors figured it would be newsworthy to examine documents related to the criminal investigation, prosecution and trial of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans.

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