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UPDATE: Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. made a court appearance in Washington DC today to plead guilty to misusing $750,000 in federal campaign funds, and conspiring to do so with his wife, former alderwoman Sandi Jackson. She’s expected to plead guilty this afternoon.
“As part of the plea deal with Jackson Jr., the parties have agreed that sentencing guidelines in the case call for a term of between 46 and 57 months in prison, but the sides reserved the right to argue for a sentence above or below that range for him when he is sentenced June 28,” reports the Chicago Tribune. “After his release from an expected prison term, he might face three additional years of supervised release, or probation.” He’ll also have to pay a fine of anywhere between $10,000 and $100,000 and a forfeiture of $750,000.
“I used money I shouldn’t have. . .for personal purposes, and I acknowledge that,” Jackson Jr. said in court. On his way out of the courtroom, he’s quoted saying to a reporter, “Tell everybody back home I’m sorry I let ‘em down, OK?”
The Jessie Jackson Jr. scandal appears to be finally ending with an admission of guilt. According to the Chicago Tribune, 47-year-old Chicago Democrat Jessie Jackson was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and false statements and could face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties. He could also lose his pension, worth about $45,000.
His wife Sandi Jackson, a former city councilwoman, was charged with one count of filing false tax returns. She faces up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and other penalties.
The son of civil rights leader Jessie Jackson is facing accusations that he used campaign funds to purchase a Rolex watch, children’s furniture, and Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King and Bruce Lee memorabilia. Sandi Jackson is accused of filing joint tax returns with her husband for years 2006 through 2011 that under-reported their income, with a substantial amount of taxes due to the federal government. The attorneys of Mr. Jackson and his wife say that they both have accepted responsibility and intend to plead guilty.
Jesse Jackson Jr. released this statement regarding the matter:
“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right.”
The Reverend Jessie Jackson had very few words on the issue, saying he would “leave it up to the courts system” to determine his son’s fate.
The ex-Congressman will be in court on Wednesday to answer to charges that he used $750,000 in campaign money improperly. His wife will also make a court appearance on that day, according to Black Voices, but in a separate hearing. This will be the first public appearance for Jackson Jr. since the summer of 2012, the article says.
Jessie Jackson Jr. was first elected to Congress in 1995. He took a leave of absence last June and ultimately resigned in November.
I suppose when it rains, it pours. Last month, we reported that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was under federal investigation due to allegations of him exploiting campaign donations for personal reasons such as decorating his Washington D.C. home, which for a short period of time was on the market for $2 million dollars, and spending $40,000 on a Rolex watch for one of his lady friends. Well, the plot seems to have thickened and only a few days after Jackson was reelected to his Chicago-area district. Rumors have been circulating that the congressman’s plea deal, which is being negotiated by his lawyer with the federal government is said to include jail time, a guilty plea to the misuse of campaign money, repayment of the misused funds, as well as his resignation from Congress for “health reasons”. It has also been said that he is at risk of losing his $80,000 yearly pension.
Oh, but there’s more: It seems that Jesse’s wife, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson is being dragged into the mud as well. The Wall Street Journal reports that the federal investigation has expanded and Sandi’s relation to the financial mishandling is also being looked into and that she has become a subject of interest in the developing plea deal. Apparently the FBI has reason to believe that she too may have been involved his alleged funneling of campaign funds into the upkeep of his D.C. home.
The Illinois Congressman has been on a medical leave of absence from the House of Representatives since June and was treated for six weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for bipolar disorder and has not made any public appearances since.
One can only hope that the allegations are not true, but with the rate the skeletons have been tumbling out of the closets of politicians lately and considering the fact that this isn’t the first time Congressman Jackson has made headlines regarding political scandal, who can really call it?
Unsurprisingly, the family has yet to comment on these speculations.
(Chicago Tribune) — After considering a run for city clerk, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson instead will try to retain her 7th Ward seat on the City Council. Jackson withdrew from the clerk’s contest Tuesday, the last day to decide and the last day for challenges to try to knock candidates off the ballot. In the highest-profile challenge, two supporters of Rahm Emanuel — Ald. Pat O’Connor, 40th, and outgoing Ald. Mary Ann Smith, 48th — challenged Rob Halpin’s mayoral candidacy. Halpin is the industrial developer who declined to end his lease of Emanuel’s North Side home when the former White House chief of staff returned to run for mayor.
(Chicago Sun Times) — It’s a story as old as time: adultery, anguish and atonement. Last Tuesday, when news broke of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s extramarital relationship with a blond nightclub hostess — kryptonite in the world of the African-American woman — his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, inserted a little laughter into the public disclosure.
The venue she chose to publicly thwack her errant husband was her 47th birthday party/fund-raiser tossed by her 7th Ward staff at the Park 52 restaurant in Hyde Park.