The Commercial Appeal

U.S. wants to seize Jackson Jr.’s homes

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WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutor­s asked a judge Friday to let the government seize the homes of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., and his wife, Sandi, in Washington and Chicago, plus an IRA he has worth almost $80,000.

Jackson, 48, will be sentenced Wednesday for looting his campaign treasury of $750,000. The government wants him to pay a $750,000 forfeiture plus restitutio­n in the same amount.

Sandi Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, also will be sentenced Wednesday for failing to report to the IRS about $600,000 in the couple’s income.

Prosecutor­s said the two properties originally were owned by the Jacksons, who in 2008 transferre­d the properties to the “Jesse Louis Jackson Jr. Living Trust.”

The trust has Jackson Jr. and his wife as trustees, prosecutor­s said. The transfer occurred during the Jacksons’ crime spree, government lawyers said.

Joint Chiefs: Taos, N.M., officials have identified the culprit behind a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico —an eager beaver who chewed through the fiber- optic line.

Wife sentenced in attack: A California woman who cut off her husband’s penis and threw it in a garbage disposal has been sentenced to life in prison with possibilit­y of parole. Catherine Kieu was sentenced Friday.

Child porn plea: An Australian man accused of using his young son in pornograph­y posted online has been sentenced in a U.S. court in Indiana. The 42-year-old man was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges involving child exploitati­on.

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