December 3, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Jesse Jackson Jr. probe to continue

From Wire Reports
 

Washington – The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it would extend its investigation of Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., assuring that his part in the Rod Blagojevich scandal will be a major issue as the lawmaker seeks re-election next year.

Jackson, 46, a Chicago Democrat who denies wrongdoing, is being examined by the ethics panel for two alleged violations.

One hinges on whether Jackson directed an emissary, or acquiesced to outside efforts, to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Blagojevich in return for an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. At least $1.5 million in campaign cash was reportedly offered to have Blagojevich put Jackson in the Senate.

The other alleged violation involves Jackson’s purported use of his two most senior staffers and his office resources – paid for with tax dollars – to mount what one staffer termed a “very aggressive” campaign for the seat.

Documents released by the committee included a report by an independent ethics panel that found “probable cause” against Jackson in 2009 and referred the matter for further investigation.

Jail named for him: Ex-sheriff booked

Denver – A former Colorado lawman who was once named the nation’s sheriff of the year was charged Friday with drug and prostitution offenses after authorities said he offered methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex.

Patrick Sullivan Jr., 68, was being held on $500,000 bond in an isolation cell at a jail named in his honor in suburban Denver. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said current or former law enforcement officials are usually kept from the general inmate population for their safety at the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility.

Prosecutors charged Sullivan with felony distribution, possession of meth as well as a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution. Authorities say he offered methamphetamine in exchange for sex from a male acquaintance in a sting set up by officers with a drug task force.


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