Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was disbarred Friday from the practice of law in Louisiana by the state Supreme Court.
Jefferson is serving a 13-year sentence in federal prison.
In 2009, a jury in Virginia convicted him of bribery, racketeering and other charges.
In a six-page ruling, the court said the onetime state Democrat leader “stands convicted of 10 felony criminal offenses arising from his involvement in multiple bribery and fraud schemes committed during his service as a member of the United States Congress.
“These crimes clearly warrant serious discipline,” the court order says.
“Indeed, in their respective reports, the hearing committee and the disciplinary board have concluded that (Jefferson’s) offenses are so egregious that he should be permanently prohibited from applying for readmission to the bar,” the court ruling said. “We agree.”
Jefferson earlier argued that permanent disbarment was unduly harsh.
He suggested a suspension covering the term of the former congressman’s sentence.
The ruling stems from disciplinary action initiated in December 2011 by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
A hearing was held on Oct. 27, 2014.
The disciplinary board recommended disbarment.