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Conviction in Phony Hate Mail Case

November 21, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ A black woman was convicted of trying to defraud the United Parcel Service by scrawling racial epithets on packages and sending them to herself and nationally known black leaders.

Angela Jackson, 28, of St. Paul, Minn., could be sentenced to more than five years in prison at a Feb. 17 sentencing hearing. She was found guilty Friday.

Prosecutors said Jackson used UPS to send 28 pieces of hate mail to herself and Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Bobby Rush, both Illinois Democrats. Ms. Jackson, no relation to the congressman, then tried to collect $150,000 from UPS, blaming white supremacists at the company for vandalizing and damaging her insured packages.

Ms. Jackson had been a student at Chicago-Kent College of Law and at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. On the stand, she blamed a racist conspiracy for the charge.

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