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Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months

Washington, Aug 14 (EFE).- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months behind bars for misappropriation of funds from his election campaigns, while his wife Sandra was sentenced to 12 months for a related crime. "I take responsibility for my actions and am very sorry for what I've done," Jackson, 48, said at the sentencing hearing before federal Judge Amy B. Jackson.

Mexican priest gets Jackson's backing for immigration reform caravan

Chicago, Mar 10 (EFE).- The Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition is backing Alejandro Solalinde, a Mexican priest known for his work with Central American migrants, and the Caravan of Hope that will travel across the United States this spring to press for immigration reform. Solalinde visited the coalition's church on the South Side of Chicago on Saturday and said he was surprised at the "decided support" expressed by the black community for the human rights of Central American immigrants.

Former US lawmaker Jackson Jr admits fraud

Former US congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, the son of the well-known civil rights leader, pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $750,000 in campaign donations to fund a lavish lifestyle. The admission capped a stunning fall from grace for the Illinois Democrat who was once a rising national star but resigned under a cloud in November after 17 years in the House of Representatives. "Today's guilty plea is nothing short of tragic," US Attorney Ronald Machen said.

UPDATE 5-Tearful U.S. ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. admits fraud

* "I misled the American people," Jackson says * His father, the civil rights leader, has no comment * Wife pleads guilty at separate hearing * Prosecutor: campaign money was "personal piggy bank" (Adds details of purchases and hearing, prosecutor comments) By David Ingram

Ex-lawmaker Jesse Jackson Jr charged with fraud

US prosecutors filed fraud and conspiracy charges Friday against former US congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, who stands accused of diverting $750,000 of campaign funds for his personal use. As part of a sweeping investigation into Jackson's misuse of funds, his wife Sandra Jackson was also charged with submitting false tax returns, according to documents filed in US Federal Court in Washington.
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