What is the status of former U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-New Orleans? Has he entered prison? Or is he still out, due to his first appeal?

Jefferson was convicted in August 2009 in federal court in Alexandria, Va., on multiple counts of conspiracy to solicit bribes by a public official, money laundering and violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

In November 2009, Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years in prison. But he was allowed to remain free on bail, pending a decision in his appeal.

The former congressman is electronically monitored. Court records show he is permitted to travel to Washington, D.C., to work with attorneys on his appellate case.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III also permitted Jefferson to travel to Butner, N.C., in early May to visit a brother, Mose Jefferson, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence at a federal medical center for inmates.

Mose Jefferson, who was convicted for obstruction of justice and bribing an agent of a federally funded organization, died weeks later of cancer.

William Jefferson was granted court permission to travel to Lake Providence in late May to attend the funeral for his brother.

Records of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., show oral arguments in William Jefferson’s appellate case are tentatively scheduled for the period of Dec. 6 through Dec. 9.

Sex offenders

A recent article in The Advocate reported that LSU’s new quarterback, Zach Mettenberger, pleaded guilty to sexual battery in Georgia. Is he registered as a sex offender? If not, why not?

Response from Louisiana State Police spokesman Lt. Doug Cain:

“No, the elements of the Georgia statute to which Mettenberger pled are not elements of the comparable Louisiana statute. Therefore, Mettenberger is not required to register in Louisiana as a sex offender.”

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