San Francisco political adviser pleads not guilty

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 4:02 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California political consultant charged with bribery, racketeering and other counts in a sweeping indictment that also names a state senator and an alleged gang leader has pleaded not guilty.

Keith Jackson, a former San Francisco school board member, entered the plea on Monday to the bribery and racketeering counts as well as charges of murder-for-hire, corruption, conspiracy and firearms trafficking.

The racketeering charge was added recently to the other counts, which were filed in April when he was arrested along with Sen. Leland Yee and 27 other defendants.

Jackson is charged with arranging bribes for Yee, who will be arraigned Thursday. Jackson is also charged with arranging a murder-for-hire of a fictitious victim set up by an FBI agent.

Jackson is free on $250,000 bond. His attorney didn't return a call for comment Tuesday.

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