But a federal judge ruled today (surprise!) that Congressional Capitol Hill offices are not a safe haven for criminal activity.
Hogan acknowledged the "unprecedented" nature of the case. But he said the lawmakers' "sweeping" theory of legislative privilege "would have the effect of converting every congressional office into a taxpayer-subsidized sanctuary for crime."
A member of Congress is bound by the same laws as ordinary citizens, said the judge, who had approved the FBI's request to conduct the overnight search of Jefferson's office.
Rep. William Jefferson (Icebox-$90,000) will appeal the ruling...and lose.