The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it will continue its investigation into allegations Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008.
The committee also released an initial report from the Office of Congressional Ethics that said there was “probable cause” to believe that Jackson either directed a third party or had knowledge of a third party’s effort to convince the since-convicted Blagojevich to appoint Jackson Jr. in exchange for campaign cash.
The report, originally compiled in August 2009, also said there is “substantial reason to believe” Jackson Jr. violated federal law by using his congressional staff to mount a “public campaign” to secure a Senate appointment. The report had not been released previously and the ethics committee had delayed its investigation because the Justice Department was conducting a criminal investigation that led to Blagojevich’s conviction on a series of corruption charges including efforts to sell a Senate appointment.
Man, 81, gets 13 months over phony breast exams
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An 81-year-old man who admitted posing as a doctor and giving free breast exams to women at a Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., apartment complex in 2006 was sentenced on Friday to serve the next 13 months in prison.
Phillip Winikoff, of Coconut Creek, Fla., will also serve three years of community control followed by 15 years of sex offender probation once he gets out of Florida state prison.
By the time he’s done answering for his crimes, he will be 100 years old.
Winikoff pleaded no contest to a total of eight charges related to his actions in April 2006. Prosecutor Lawren Zann revealed to Broward Circuit Judge Sandra Perlman that Winikoff stood accused of fondling more than the victims’ breasts.
Zann said Winikoff approached a woman taking out her garbage. The white-haired man, who was carrying a black bag, said he was a doctor performing free breast exams in the area.