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


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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