U.S. ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to fund misuse

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Former U.S. congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of a civil rights leader and a one-time rising star in Democratic politics, pleaded guilty today to misusing about $750,000 in campaign money.

Jackson, 47, of Chicago, wept quietly as he entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Washington, where Judge Robert Wilkins accepted the plea.

“Guilty, your honor. I misled the American people,” Jackson said after the judge asked his plea.

Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (C) enters the U.S. District Federal Courthouse in Washington February 20, 2013.  Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron
Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (C) enters the U.S. District Federal Courthouse in Washington February 20, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Jackson faces up to five years – the maximum prison sentence allowed by law.

Wilkins scheduled sentencing for June 28.

Jackson’s father, Jesse Jackson Sr., sat in the front row of a courtroom filled with family, friends and reporters during the hour-long hearing on Wednesday.

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Little enforcement of Jamaica Tobacco Control Act douses its relevance

(Jamaica Observer) It has existed on Jamaican law books for three years now, but the one-time much heralded Public Health Tobacco Control Regulations Act 2013, seems to have virtually gone up in smoke.

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Big battle set for key Clico beachfront property in T&T

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T&T student killed for gold chain

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Venezuela first lady’s nephews confessed to drug scheme, U.S. says

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady, who face charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, confessed to U.S.

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Former Argentina leader slams corruption probes as political plot

EL CALAFATE, Argentina (Reuters) – Facing corruption probes that threaten to land her behind bars, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez described her growing legal troubles as part of a “persecution” of progressive Latin American leaders that has boosted the right in the region.

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Venezuela opposition leader Lopez awaits appeal verdict

CARACAS (Reuters) – An appeal hearing into Venezuela’s most prominent jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez ended yesterday, with he and supporters saying the nearly 14-year sentence for inciting violence should be immediately overturned.

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