Michigan minister runs for Congress from prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The Rev. Edward Pinkney's congressional campaign in Michigan has many obstacles to overcome, not the least of which are the bars that keep him locked inside a prison cell.

A probation violation stemming from election fraud and other charges has landed the Green Party candidate in a state prison 600 miles away from the district he hopes to serve.

The ACLU is working to overturn Pinkney's conviction.

Only one person has been elected to Congress while incarcerated. Matthew Lyon of Vermont was re-elected in 1798 while serving time for sedition after criticizing President John Adams.

More recently, James Traficant of Ohio ran for re-election as an independent from a prison cell in 2002. He lost.

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

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