Yesha Callahan

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Gets 2 1/2 Years In Prison


Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading to spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Jackson was a Democratic congressman from Illinois from 1995 until he resigned last November. Jackson got emotional before the judge and said he wanted to “take responsibility for my actions.”

“I misled the American people,” he said.

Among Jackson’s spending spree was a  $43,350 gold-plated men’s Rolex watch.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that as a public official Jackson was expected to “live up to a higher standard of ethics and integrity.”

Jackson’s wife, Sandra Jackson, was sentenced to 1 year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the income the couple received She also spent $5,150 in campaign funds on fur capes and parkas, court documents show.

From The Associated Press:

Jesse Jackson Jr. had pleaded guilty to the criminal charges back in February. He admitted that he and his wife used campaign credit cards to buy 3,100 personal items worth $582,772 from 2005 through April of last year — including $60,857 for personal expenditures at restaurants, nightclubs and lounges; $16,058 for personal expenditures at sports clubs and lounges; $5,814 for alcohol and $14,513 for dry cleaning.

Individual campaign credit card purchases included a $466 dinner for two of “a personal nature” at a restaurant; a washer, dryer, range and refrigerator for the Jacksons’ Chicago home; multiple flat-screen televisions, Blu-Ray DVD players and DVDs for their Washington, D.C., home; and a five-day health retreat for one of Mrs. Jackson’s relatives.

Jackson told another judge when he entered his plea that “for years I lived in my campaign.”

Jackson could have received up to 57 months in prison, but the lower sentence was recommended. Reid H. Weingarten, Jackson’s attorney, fears that the congressman’s mental health might worsen because of his imprisonment.

  1. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    I wonder if William J. Jefferson will send him a welcoming muffin basket?
    Will JJJ in turn send Kwame a basket next month to pay it forward?
    I have zero sympathy for thieving politicians and even less than zero sympathy when people have paved the way for you to do better.

  2. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    This is such a waste of great privilege and a position of power!

  3. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    @ Anthony

    Ohhh you said it soo well. Great privilege and position of power. I mean dang. I’ve stolen plenty of Payless Shoe Source heels in my day but I would think that I would give up my little kleptomaniac ways down for the greater good of my people.

    • August 15, 2013 - Reply

      @The Comment

      You have?

      • August 15, 2013 - Reply


        I think that was a joke.

  4. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    @ The comment, lol, payless?? those $9.99 kind of heels they don’t evn last a season 🙂 but thanks for the chuckle

  5. August 15, 2013 - Reply

    Jesse and Sandra are darn fools. Don’t they have young children? I feel sorry for them, having to lose BOTH parents to jail. Great role models they are.

  6. August 16, 2013 - Reply

    I don’t like how they will serve their sentences to the point where each one can watch the kids while the other is in jail. They shouldn’t have special privileges.

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