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FAA fire suspect Brian Howard (FACEBOOK/April Howard Connor)

Feds Want 13 Years, $4.5M Fine For Man Who Set Fire At FAA Facility

When Brian Howard set a fire at an FAA radar facility in Aurora in a failed suicide attempt in 2014, he caused “one of the most severe disruptions to air travel in recent memory,” federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

08/21/2015

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Stiff Sentence Sought For Activist In Immigration Fraud Case

Federal prosecutors are recommending at least five years in prison for a Chicago activist who didn’t tell immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students at a supermarket.

02/26/2015

State Rep. Derrick Smith arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago for his bribery trial. (Credit: CBS)

Feds Seek Up To 5 Years In Prison For Former Rep. Derrick Smith

When former West Side state Rep. Derrick Smith was arrested in 2012 for accepting a $7,000 bribe, he swore to the FBI that he “did it for the people.” That’s the same reasoning federal prosecutors used Monday, asking that Smith receive a “a significant period of imprisonment” that “vindicates his constituents.”

02/10/2015

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (left) and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (right) arrive at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., for their first appearance on charges connected to misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds. (Credit: CBS)

Feds Recommend Prison For Both Jacksons, But Not At Same Time

Federal prosecutors have recommended former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. be sentenced to four years in prison, and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, get 18 months behind bars, though they also suggested a judge should not send them both to prison at the same time.

06/07/2013

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Judge Denies Jackson Request To Keep Part Of Sentencing Memo Secret

A federal judge has denied former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s request to keep part of his defense team’s sentencing memorandum sealed from the public, so he can keep details of his medical condition private.

06/04/2013