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Jesse and Sandi Jackson Plead Guilty to Conspiracy

jesse jacksonFormer U.S. Congress member Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a guilty plea in federal court Wednesday as part of a negotiated deal with the U.S. attorney’s office. Both Jackson and his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, were indicted on federal charges on Friday. Jackson was charged with conspiracy for the improper spending of $750,000 in campaign funds on personal needs. His wife was accused of filing improper tax returns for six years. She is expected to plead guilty as well later this afternoon.

Jackson’s guilty plea will almost certainly result in prison time, as the former congressman reportedly agreed to sentencing guidelines of between 46 and 57 months. Both the defense and prosecutors protected their ability to argue for a reduced or increased sentence during hearings. The felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, wire fraud and mail fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 28.

Family members of the couple, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., were outside of the U.S. District Court Wednesday to show support. Neither defendant nor family members spoke to reporters at the scene as they entered the building.

Jackson Jr. stepped down from the House of Representatives shortly after winning re-election without campaigning in November. Instead, he spent the campaign season seeking treatment for bipolar disorder, leading to an extended absence from the nation’s capital. He served as an Illinois representative for 17 years prior. His wife left her position as alderman in January after it was revealed that she would likely face federal charges.

Following his indictment, Jackson said he accepted “responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made.” He will remain a relatively free man leading up to his sentencing. Judge Robert Wilkins, who is overseeing both hearings, granted him permission to travel between Washington and Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune reports that as he left the courtroom, Jackson Jr. told a reporter, “Tell everybody back home I’m sorry I let ’em down, OK?”

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  1. Earl Siddiq says:

    BISMILLAH

    ASA: May the creator's peace be upon us all.

    Beloved brothers and sisters,

    Almost a hundred yeas ago the Hon. Mosiah Marcus Garvey advocated: "Do Something For Self" from the 30's through the 70's the Hon. Elijah Muhammed (ra), may G-d forgive him his sins and grant him paradise, also advocated " Do Something For Self".
    Here we are in the 21st century, & as a people facing the same kind of crises, only it is much worst now then it has ever been.
    The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan, should not be the only leader in America black or White advocating this cause to "Do Something For Self".
    The times demand it from all American's, to think in terms of their self advancement because the government is at its wit's end, in trying to provide for all of its citizens; its a survival thing now!

    The accusative finger of hate is out of place now, the times in which we all live in should dictate.
    the action of our ways. Wouldn't you think that survival is our (AMERICA'S) most pressing concern I do, what about you.
    Peace up! I'm out.

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