Jefferson continues court fight on raid

Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) is continuing his legal effort to retain materials seized in a May 20 raid on his Rayburn office by the Justice Department, which has targeted him in a corruption probe.

Jefferson’s lawyers filed a legal brief Monday supporting his motion to stay, a maneuver that would prevent the department from taking possession of the materials while Jefferson exhausts his appeals. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan ruled against Jefferson earlier this month.

“A stay in this case is appropriate to maintain the status quo so that the constitutional question can be considered by the Court of Appeals,” Jefferson’s lawyers wrote. They supported the brief with witness testimony from a May 30 House hearing on the matter.