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Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) has not been charged with a crime in the federal corruption probe tied to his office, but he’s already faced challenges when it comes to his legal counsel. In August the congressman hired Robert Trout of Trout & Cacheris, but less than a month later opted for WilmerHale partner Ronald Machen. Eight months later, he made a 180-degree turn back to Trout, whose small firm can often offer lower rates. Jefferson’s business associate, Vernon Jackson, who earlier this month admitted to paying $365,500 to a company run by Jefferson’s family, is employing still cheaper counsel: public defender Michael Nachmanoff.
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