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Feb 20, 2013

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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One-time Democratic Party rising star Jesse Jackson Jr., weeping and repentant as his famous father looked on, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds on luxuries such as fur capes and a Rolex watch.

Jackson, 47, who had represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until his resignation in November, told U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins he had been living off his political campaign funds for years.

Feb 16, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife to plead guilty to fraud

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the famed civil rights leader, plans to plead guilty to charges filed on Friday accusing him of misusing $750,000 in campaign funds, his attorney said.

Jackson’s wife, Sandi Jackson, has also agreed to plead guilty to a related charge of filing false tax returns, according to her attorneys. She resigned her seat on the Chicago city council last month.

Feb 15, 2013

U.S. charges former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. with fraud

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prosecutors filed criminal fraud and conspiracy charges on Friday against former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the famed civil rights leader, accusing him and an unnamed co-conspirator of misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.

Jackson, 47, released a statement as the charges were filed admitting mistakes but did not immediately enter a plea in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Feb 14, 2013

Delta sues US Export-Import Bank over aircraft subsidies

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc
sued the Export-Import Bank of the United States on Wednesday,
renewing a legal fight over subsidies that benefit aircraft
exporters such as Boeing Co and by extension non-U.S.
airlines.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington,
D.C. Joining Delta as plaintiffs were Hawaiian Airlines Inc and
the Air Line Pilots Association, International.

Feb 8, 2013

U.S. settles with publisher Macmillan in e-books case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Publishing house Macmillan on Friday became the fifth and final U.S. book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused them of conspiring to raise e-book prices.

Macmillan and the Justice Department filed the proposed settlement, which requires a judge’s approval, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Feb 4, 2013

Former No.2 DOJ official joins law firm in Washington

By Casey Sullivan and David Ingram

(Reuters) – Gary Grindler, a former high-ranking Justice Department official who became embroiled in Operation Fast and Furious, the failed gun-trafficking probe along the U.S.-Mexico border, has rejoined his former law firm King & Spalding, the firm said on Monday.

Grindler, 62, was acting deputy U.S. attorney general and chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Holder, for most of his four years at the Justice Department.

Jan 31, 2013

U.S. struggles over which gun crimes to prosecute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A dispute erupted at a congressional hearing on Wednesday over which existing gun-control laws were worth enforcing, even as lawmakers debated whether to pass new ones.

The flashes of anger underscored the deep divisions in America’s gun culture.

Jan 29, 2013

Obama lawyers to argue recess appointments again in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While President Barack Obama considers his next move in one high-stakes legal fight to fill vacant jobs, his lawyers expect to go to court at least twice more to argue for his power to appoint when the U.S. Senate is not meeting.

Federal appeals courts in both Philadelphia and Richmond, Virginia, are likely to hear the issue of recess appointments in March, possibly during the same week.

Jan 10, 2013

Images of a dead bin Laden still dangerous: U.S. lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twenty months after U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, the United States told a court on Thursday it is not ready to release images taken after the al Qaeda leader’s death because they still might lead to violence.

A federal appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit over whether the government must release the images under the Freedom of Information Act, a 1966 law that guarantees public access to some government records.

Jan 10, 2013

Giffords gun control group wants $20 million for 2014 elections

WASHINGTON/PHOENIX (Reuters) – A new gun control group led by Gabrielle Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman wounded in a Tucson shooting rampage, wants to raise $20 million for the 2014 congressional elections, matching the National Rifle Association’s spending in last November’s elections, the group’s treasurer said on Wednesday.

Giffords and her husband, former U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly, have turned to Houston trial lawyer and Democratic donor Steve Mostyn to act as treasurer. He gave $1 million of his own money to help kick start a campaign launched on Tuesday calling for what Giffords and Kelly describe as common-sense measures to curb gun violence.