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“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right.”The Reverend Jessie Jackson had very few words on the issue, saying he would “leave it up to the courts system” to determine his son’s fate. The ex-Congressman will be in court on Wednesday to answer to charges that he used $750,000 in campaign money improperly. His wife will also make a court appearance on that day, according to Black Voices, but in a separate hearing. This will be the first public appearance for Jackson Jr. since the summer of 2012, the article says. Jessie Jackson Jr. was first elected to Congress in 1995. He took a leave of absence last June and ultimately resigned in November.
CBS News [via Jezebel] reports that a 37-year-old Bronx woman, Noel Alba, has appeared before a federal judge over charges that she sought to benefit from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School by posing as a relative to one of the young victims. Using her Facebook page to gather donations, Alba allegedly told visitors she was collecting the money to help her brother and other victims’ families’. She went so far to say that she actually went into the school after the shooting to identify her niece’s body. So ugly.
The Facebook message (“Victorian Glam Fairies” is the name she went by) read in part:
We like to thank everyone for their prayers. We ask that you not just continue to pray for us, but for the families that just lost their kid… [sic]
She was caught after one prospective donor asked for more info. That eventually led to media attention, which ultimately led to attention from the FBI. She says she was hacked.
The massacre, which left 20 children and six adults dead, happened two weeks ago today. Since then, people have donated massive amounts of dolls, flowers, and other items. The town, inundated and still in the process of sorting through what it has received, has now asked people to stop.
USA Today has a list of guidelines that the town has issued for anyone who would still like to help. Among the requests: no perishable items and contact the appropriate organization before making a donation to be sure that it can be accepted. The United Way of Western Connecticut has also been collecting funds — $3.5 million thus far — which will be handed off to a charity for distribution.
The items that have been collected thus far are being gathered for inclusion in a permanent memorial in honor of the victims.