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Judge Rejects Jackson's Secrecy Request

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A federal judge is shooting down a request by convicted ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who wanted to seal a portion of sentencing documents that his lawyers say will contain sensitive medical information.

In an order Tuesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the documents can't be sealed until she's able to see what's in them.

But she told Jackson's attorneys that the material initially wouldn't be made public while she reviews the records — if they're submitted with a second request to seal the material.

Jackson's lawyers are set to file what they say are "sensitive details" about the Democrat's health problems, as well as medical information about a family member.

He'll be sentenced next month for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.

Jackson resigned last year, citing health concerns.

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