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Jesse Jackson Jr. asks judge to keep his health information secret

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is to be sentenced July 1 on federal criminal charges, asked a judge Monday to seal parts of a document due by Friday because it will contain “personal, sensitive details about his medical condition.” 

Jackson, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, said the sentencing memorandum his lawyers plan to file also will contain information about the medical condition of a family member, whose identity was not disclosed.

Jackson, in his motion, said two medical professionals would write letters about his condition. His lawyers said such disclosures would “disclose unnecessarily the defendant’s and his family member’s medical information, diagnoses and treatment to the public.”

Jackson, 48, a Chicago Democrat, resigned from Congress last November after nearly 17 years in office. He pleaded guilty in February to looting his campaign treasury of more than $750,000.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, 49, formerly a Chicago alderman, also is to be sentenced July 1 in a related case for failing to report about $600,000 as taxable income. She resigned from the City Council in January.

The motion filed by Jesse Jackson Jr.’s lawyers said the government did not oppose the request but reserved the right to ask that the entire sentencing memorandum be unsealed after prosecutors “had had an opportunity to review the redacted language.”


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