William Jefferson (D-LA) Trial: The Defense Rests

Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday. The jury will begin deliberations Tuesday or Wednesday.

William Jefferson defense rests after tapes played

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — In a moment of courtroom drama Thursday, the prosecutors in the corruption trial of William Jefferson withdrew their objections and let the former New Orleans congressman’s attorneys play nearly 90 minutes of secretly taped recordings that the defense team said was crucial to his case. …

After more than five weeks of prosecution witnesses, the defense presented its entire case in about two hours.

Jefferson did not take the stand
, a decision that jurors will be instructed they cannot consider or hold against him.