Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets 30 Months In Jail For Misuse Of Campaign Funds

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August 14, 2013 ‐ By
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Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. He tearfully told a court today, “I misled the American people, I misled the House of Representatives,” The Washington Post reports. He asked that he serve his time in Alabama in order to be “as far away from everybody for awhile.”

Jackson used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle that include Rolex watches and furs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves noted that Jackson and his wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, made $350,000 in 2011. She has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.

“The Jacksons admitted using campaign credit cards to make approximately 3,100 personal purchases over seven years starting in August 2005. Among the expenses: a $466 dinner at the Mandarin Oriental’s CityZen restaurant; $10,000 for multiple flat-screen TVs and DVD players from Best Buy; and $2,300 in transportation services at Disney World,” writes WaPo.

Jackson’s attorney asked for a sentence shorter than four years because the couple have two children ages 13 and 9. There are also concerns about his mental health, which has been an issue for months. He resigned from his position in November 2012. Prior to his resignation, Jackson disappeared for weeks and ultimately announced that he was being treated for depression and bipolar disorder. He had been in Congress for 17 years.

Today’s sentence comes after a plea agreement, bringing to a close an investigation that began when authorities looked into whether he had any involvement with formere Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell an empty Senate seat he was responsible for filling on an interim basis. Jackson was not charged with anything related to that case.

Federal prosecutors were asking for an 18-month sentence for Jackson’s wife, and $168,550 in restitution. The 48-year-old Jackson will have to turn over $750,000.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and other supporters and family members were in the courtroom today.

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  • Faith

    i can’t even feel sorry for him. He bought a watch for a woman that wasn’t his wife. I heard on Tom Joyner show that Jr. started crying during sentencing . I am sorry, I think the only reason he was crying is the fact that he was sorry that he got caught. I know he has done tremendous work for Chicago and for the people of Chicago and I know he made a “mistake”. He made the choice of stealing and spending campaign money when he knew he was not supposed to. He thought he was immuned and untouchable and would not be caught. Now he is using “bi-polar” for his behavior. I think he was not bi-polar when he was spending that campaign and bought that watch for that woman that was not his wife. Jr, I am sorry, I don’t buy it. I don’t feel sorry for his wife. I only feel sorry and my heart goes out to the children who has to suffer and pay the price. I wish other politicians get caught for their behavior, oops………sorry “mistake” for stealing campaingn money and do time in jail.