‘Expansive’ Jefferson ruling blocking corruption probes.

In an appeal filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week, the Justice Department said that the “overly expansive” ruling over the search last year of Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-LA) congressional office “is blocking investigations of other congressional corruption cases.” The DoJ “asked the high court to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia prohibiting agents from searching locations where legislative records are likely to be found unless they have the permission of the congressional member.” The ruling is already confirmed to have stalled the investigation into Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA).