Rep. Jackson treated for bipolar disorder
CHICAGO (AP) – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday.
The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic described his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania, a less serious form of mania.
“Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength,” the clinic said in a statement. Bipolar II is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive, and is likely caused by a “complex set of genetic and environmental factors,” the clinic said. The statement also mentioned that Jackson underwent weight-loss treatment in 2004. The clinic said weight-loss surgery can change how the body absorbs foods and medications.
A Jackson aide said last week that the congressman was expected back in the district in a matter of weeks. The announcement Monday was the most detailed to date about the congressman’s mysterious medical leave that began June 10.
Pirate gets life for role in hijackings – one fatal
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A federal judge Monday ordered a Somali pirate to serve a dozen life prison sentences for his role in the hijackings of a German merchant vessel and a U.S. yacht, saying the hostage negotiator was “very lucky” he wasn’t facing the death penalty.
Mohammad Saaili Shibin is considered by U.S. authorities to be the highest-ranking pirate they have ever captured. Shibin had direct ties to those who finance pirate operations from ashore in largely lawless Somalia.
Four Americans aboard the Quest were fatally shot by pirates off the coast of Africa in 2011, and the crew on the other vessel was tortured to get a higher ransom in 2010.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the three men charged with shooting the Americans.