Michigan Minister Runs for Congress From Prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Rev. Edward Pinkney's congressional
campaign has many obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is
that he's currently behind bars.

Pinkney is the Green Party candidate for the Michigan seat held by Republican Fred Upton.

Pinkney, a Benton Harbor resident and longtime community activist, was sentenced to five years of probation after a jury convicted him last year of felony and misdemeanor fraud charges.

Then in June of this year, Pinkney was sent to prison for three to 10 years after being convicted of violating his probation by writing something in a Chicago newspaper that a judge ruled as a threat to a fellow judge.

Pinkney insists he was only paraphrasing some Bible verses from the book of Deuteronomy.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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