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Judge Rejects Jackson Request to Seal Medical Docs

Jesse Jackson Jr. could face more legal problems after he failed to file a financial disclosure report which is required from members of Congress who leave the House.
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Jackson and his wife were to appear in federal court to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CHICAGO (AP) — 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.