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Jefferson case is first test for 1977 law

The Alexandria trial of a former Lousiana Congressman is the first under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

He is first and only U.S. public official to be charged under the act, and one of only two individuals in the past five years to go to trial on the charges, reports The Times-Picayune. On Friday, the other one, Connecticut businessman Frederic Bourke, was found guilty by a New York City jury.

The former congressman also faces charges of conspiracy to solicit bribes, racketeering, obstruction of justice and money laundering.

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