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Archive for June 8th, 2013

Feds Want Jesse Jackson to Serve 4 Years in Prison

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
CHICAGO — Jesse Jackson Jr., who was a fixture of the political landscape here, and carried the mantal of an iconic name in the civil rights movement, may be going away to prison for a fair amount of time if federal prosecutors have their way.

NPR reports that federal prosecutors in D.C. filed a presentence memorandum Friday recommending four years in prison following his guilty plea this year on criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

NPR reported that the feds also suggested an 18-month sentence for Jackson’s wife, Sandra, who pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the couple’s income.

On top of that, the government wants Jackson to pay $750,000 in restitution to the campaign and that Sandra Jackson make a restitution payment of $168,000.

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The Post and Courier Editorial: “Mr. Holder Should Spare the President That Overdue Task by Resigning”

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By Post and Courier
Editorial

A Justice Department official insisted Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder has a “long-standing belief that protecting and defending the First Amendment is essential to our democracy.” That’s hard to reconcile with the department’s wide-ranging wiretapping of Associated Press editors and reporters last year.

Also hard to reconcile is President Barack Obama’s decision to assign the investigation into that appalling Justice Department overreach to Mr. Holder. And this week’s offer by the attorney general to news agencies to discuss how his department should handle leaks investigations — but only “off the record” — was simply laughable.

Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief, Ryan Grim, put it well to CNN: “A conversation specifically about the freedom of the press should be an open one.”

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