By Jordan Weissmann
In court papers made public Wednesday, defense lawyers for former Rep. William Jefferson provided the most detailed picture yet of how they intended to defend their client against charges that he sought to bribe to a foreign official.
“Mr. Jefferson’s actions were motivated by a desire to assuage Mody’s concerns and to keep the deal moving forward so that she and the other investors could achieve financial success,” the filing states. “[H]e told her that he would do what she wanted in order to avoid an emotional collapse that could also have destroyed the business, not because he intended to do it.”
Whether Jefferson’s lawyers will have the opportunity to tell that story in court is unclear. Lawyers are also battling the over whether the defense will be permitted to play certain sections of their client’s recorded conversations with Mody, in which she “repeatedly refers to her emotional collapse” and “to a supposed stalking campaign against her. “ Last evening, Judge T.S. Ellis heard oral arguments from both sides on the issue.