NAACP's Los Angeles chapter president resigns amid outrage over decision to honor Sterling

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FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, announces that Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling will not be receiving his lifetime achievement award, at a news conference in Culver City, Calif. Jenkins resigned Thursday, May 1, 2014 following outrage over a decision he later reversed to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

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In 1988, federal prosecutors charged Jenkins with extortion and racketeering conspiracy, saying he requested and received money, jewelry, a handgun and other gifts to dismiss traffic tickets and other misdemeanors. While Jenkins was acquitted after two trials, in 1991 the Michigan Supreme Court removed him as a judge.

He had "systematically and routinely sold his office and his public trust," then-Chief Justice Michael Cavanagh said at the time.

In April, three judges with California's State Bar Court denied Jenkins' most recent request to practice law again. The judges lauded Jenkins' volunteer work with the NAACP and other organizations, but they cited several instances in which they said he misrepresented his finances or other aspects of his personal life.

"Despite Jenkins' impressive good character evidence and community service, he continues to commit errors in judgment that call into question his rehabilitation and present good moral character," the judges wrote.

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Associated Press writer Ed White in Detroit contributed to this report

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