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Jackson’s Wife Gets 2 More Days

June 26, 2001

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ A federal judge sentenced the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s wife to two more days in jail Tuesday, ignoring her pleas for freedom after serving more than a week for trespassing during protests on Vieques island.

Jacqueline Jackson was sentenced to 10 days but the eight days she’s already served were counted. Mrs. Jackson had refused to post $3,000 bail after her arrest last week.

``Because of my convictions I have spent eight days in jail suffering insults to my dignity too horrible to tell. As both a mother and political prisoner, I ask you to restore my right as a citizen and my dignity,″ Mrs. Jackson, 57, said tearfully on the stand after she was found guilty.

``Time served should have been enough,″ Jackson said as his wife was led away in handcuffs.

Eight other protesters who appeared in court Tuesday received similar sentences.

On Vieques, meanwhile, the Navy _ which denies its exercises are harmful _ continued bombing exercises Tuesday even as more protesters gathered to get arrested. Fifty-three have been detained in the past week.

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