Jackson Jr plea deal will include “significant jail time”

posted at 8:41 am on February 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Isn’t this becoming a tradition in Illinois politics? A couple of the state’s recent governors went from the big mansion to the Big House, too, and so did Jesse Jackson Jr’s predecessor in his House seat, Mel Reynolds.  Jackson will follow in that tradition, according to a new report from the Chicago Sun-Times’s Michael Sneed about the structure of his plea deal on corruption charges (via the Daily Caller):

Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse.

Sneed is told the plea deal includes Jackson serving time in federal prison.

“Significant jail time is now definitely a part of the deal,” said a top Sneed source close to the probe.

Yes, Sneed writes about herself in the third person.  Bear with it for a bit longer, because the story gets better.  The federal investigation into Jackson started off by looking at both him and his wife Sandi.  Now, however, the investigation of Sandi Jackson has spun off into its own probe, and Sandi Jackson believes that Jesse sold her out, according to Sneed:

“But I think [Jackson’s wife] Sandi, feels like she was thrown under the bus by her husband, ” now that a separate probe has begun on her, a second source added.

Sandi Jackson claims she was stunned by campaign finance abuse disclosures against her husband, who has been treated for mental disorders and allegedly spent $40,000 on a Rolex watch purchased with campaign funds.

Mrs. Jackson was a Chicago alderman until last month, and also a paid consultant to her husband’s campaign — to the tune of $5,000 a month, which only ended well after the election.  According to the Sun-Times report, investigators haven’t yet decided whether to charge Sandi Jackson, but they’re taking a long look at her involvement in her husband’s alleged corruption.

It’s possible that investigators opened the probe against Jackson’s wife to put more pressure on him to accept prison time as part of the deal, too.  That would certainly make sense, especially after the public-relations effort put into painting Jackson as a victim of mental illness, which may still be true, of course.  The machinations appear to be coming to an end soon, though, and we’ll soon find out whether Jackson threw his wife under the bus or whether he’s going to rescue her from it.

Update: Michael Sneed is a woman; I’ve corrected a pronoun above for proper reference. Thanks to David K for the correction. (And also Tom V, whose e-mail came immediately afterward.)


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You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the Illinois political system.

Thank God we don’t have a preznit who was cultured in that system, just imagine what such a person could do.

Bishop on February 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Good

gophergirl on February 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Typical Chicago scum

Philly on February 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

That’s a nice watch.

Sherman1864 on February 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Yes, Sneed writes about himself in the third person.

What for? Doughboy doesn’t do that.

Doughboy on February 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

That’s a nice watch.

Sherman1864 on February 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

How ironic, now he’ll be doing time.

fogw on February 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Herro? OT – but Duke University is at it again.

bloggless on February 7, 2013 at 8:53 AM

How does anybody keep their sanity living in the decaying moral sinkhole that is Chicago?

workingclass artist on February 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Isn’t this becoming a tradition in Illinois politics?

True dat,Blago??

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 8:56 AM

The prosecutors must have found it surprising, having opened a Sandi investigation for the purpose of putting “pressure” on Jackson, that, instead, Jackson got enthused by the idea and started helping to put her away. How do we score this one on our “Democrat Corruption home game”?

MTF on February 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Significant jail time? LOL

I bet it’ll go the way Paris Hilton got her ‘jail time’: A sentence of 45 days but she got so upset the country sheriff sent her home with an ankle bracelet to do 40 days instead.

We’re not talking one of the little people here. This is the son of Jesse ‘Three days in a bloody shirt’ Jackson, Martyr Emeritus. There won’t be anything ‘significant’ with what happens to Crook, Jr.

Liam on February 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The Jails in this country are NOT big enough to hold the politicians that should be in them.

Any chance we could use the FEMA camps for them?

PappyD61 on February 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I used to live in that district. Yea!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Hey, he could have bought a knockoff Rolex for $25-$50 and save himself a few years in the “big house.”

Say, how is it Holder allowed this brother to be investigated? Is there a little competition between the Obama and the Jackson wing of the “community?”

Don L on February 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

fogw on February 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Excellent!

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canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Paid his wife a $60,000 a year “consultant” salary with campaign funds, while he bought himself a $40,000 watch with campaign funds.

Hope the wife likes bus exhaust fumes. She’s definitely going under.

AZCoyote on February 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

This guy is a GEM.

If you think the voters are idjits for electing Jackson how about this Communist genius?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/06/dem_congressman_warns_of_mob_scenes_without_equity_in_society.html

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington) warns the U.S. could turn into a scene from Les Misérables without a ‘we’ mentality in an interview with C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Tuesday.

McDERMOTT: This whole society is gradually changing in response to what’s going on. Now, we’re in a very difficult period right now, because we have a lot of people who suddenly think it’s all about me. And it isn’t about me; it’s about we.

If we don’t take care of one another, and we say everybody’s on their own, then it will simply fall apart as a society: become a mob scene, as it was in Paris if you go see Les Misérables. You can see what the country can become, if you don’t have equity in the society.

Jim is the Alan Grayson of the West Coast.

PappyD61 on February 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Yes, Sneed writes about himself in the third person.

What for? Doughboy doesn’t do that.

Doughboy on February 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Sneed’s a ‘she’.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

A Sun-Times story earlier this week (about Sandi and the investigation starting to focus on her) mentioned that investigators DO take into consideration that this would be a husband and wife, and jail time for parents would be difficult.

A letter-writer in yesterday’s paper was unsympathetic. As am I. Don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime, as the saying goes.

And Michael Sneed drives me up the wall. She is so very full of herself.

I hope both go to jail. It would be a sentence richly deserved.

lizzieillinois on February 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

People don’t ‘pass away’-people die.
*Aspies HATE euphemisms.*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Sneed’s a ‘she’.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Doughboy….errrr, I was just quoting Ed. He’s corrected his post since then.

Doughboy on February 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The constituents will say: “They all do it,” and excuse this bad behavior. They have been taught to say that, and they believe that others are just getting away with it…a kind of paranoia, really.
Just like they are told that wealthy people all stole their money.

Fleuries on February 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Isn’t this becoming a tradition in Illinois politics?

Hey! Name one other state where your license plate is actually made by your former governor! It’s that kind of personal touch that really resonates with the folks in the “Land of Lincoln.”

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Do they have a special wing in Joliet just for politicians and gangsters??

BigWyo on February 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Jesse Jackson Jr is neutered.Pay back for what daddy let slip out about Obama.J.J.Sr thought he should be the first black president.

docflash on February 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

♪Have fun dropping the soap, boy!♪

(thank you Monty Python)

MelonCollie on February 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

workingclass artist on February 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

The hotdogs and the Cubbies. Oh, wait.

chelie on February 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

He is now even more of a hero. I can’t begin to understand the mentality of supporting this loser.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Jail time, restitution, and pension loss?

Amazingoly on February 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Update: Michael Sneed is a woman;

Sounds like a schoolyard taunt.

This just in: Ed Morissey is a little girl who wears his mother’s shoes!

rogaineguy on February 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I’m shocked, shocked to find out there is corruption in Chicago politics.

D-fusit on February 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

How does anybody keep their sanity living in the decaying moral sinkhole that is Chicago?

workingclass artist on February 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Actually, Chicago is an apt definition of insanity. Keep voting the same Democrat crooks in hopes that things will change.

Bitter Clinger on February 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Significant jail time? LOL

I bet it’ll go the way Paris Hilton got her ‘jail time’: A sentence of 45 days but she got so upset the country sheriff sent her home with an ankle bracelet to do 40 days instead.

We’re not talking one of the little people here. This is the son of Jesse ‘Three days in a bloody shirt’ Jackson, Martyr Emeritus. There won’t be anything ‘significant’ with what happens to Crook, Jr.

Liam on February 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Very possible…..especially since Pat Fitzgerald, king of prosecuting corrupt political officials….has stepped down.
There’s no replacement yet from a list produced by Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin…{{{shivers}}}…
I’m not too hopeful since Obama needs to pick and once the president taps a nominee, the name is sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Durbin is a member.

The nominee then is vetted again by both Republicans and Democrats on the committee, but only if both senators from the home state give a green light to proceed….remember we’re talking about Mark Kirk her. *sigh*

“I would hope that Sen. Kirk and Sen. Durbin would recommend someone who is not connected to the political class in Chicago or Springfield. And that they also look for someone who could not be pressured or controlled,” Peter Fitzgerald said Wednesday.

Yes, he is a dreamer.

“It’s very hard to find somebody that you would really have confidence has no connections with the political class. I would hope the press would thoroughly scrutinize the names that are floated for U.S. attorney,” Peter Fitzgerald said.

…..Did I say that Mr Fitzgerald is a dreamer?

tencole on February 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Junior’s two brothers attained great wealth the proper way – parlaying their family connections into lucrative business careers. Its done that way all the time around here and its the best and safest way to monetize political connections/influence. There is absolutely no risk of prison and for most people its a no-brainer. But for whatever reason some pols cannot resist simple yet blatant money grabs, Jr and his wife evidently among them. Anyone guilty of (to use a term coined by the feds) such felonious stupidity deserves hard time.

jog267 on February 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

…..Did I say that Mr Fitzgerald is a dreamer?

tencole on February 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

But he’s not the only one….

Bishop on February 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington) warns the U.S. could turn into a scene from Les Misérables without a ‘we’ mentality in an interview with C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Tuesday.

McDERMOTT: …if you don’t have equity in the society.

Jim is the Alan Grayson of the West Coast.

PappyD61 on February 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Equity?

But Sarah Palin is dumb.

CJ on February 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Mrs. Jackson was a Chicago alderman until last month, and also a paid consultant to her husband’s campaign — to the tune of $5,000 a month

Gee, my wife gives me her counsel for free. (Of course I call it nagging but….)

KW64 on February 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Tencole,

Pull up the case about RJ Vanecko. He is Daley’s nephew, who is accused of murdering a young man in the early 2000′s. they gave his case to a Chicago judge. Well, everyone knows how THAT would work out. The case has been moved to a neighboring county’s judge! There is hope that the same will happen to JJJ.

I hope they both rot in jail, and Sandi, too. There are plenty of parents who are in jail, I have no mercy on these two; although it is terrible for the children.

herm2416 on February 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Do they have a special wing in Joliet just for politicians and gangsters??

BigWyo on February 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Politicians and gangsters. A distinction without difference.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Is that Ralph Nader in the background?

Sherman1864 on February 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

ONE (1 each): Number of state treasurers, attorneys general and Chicago patronage chiefs EACH convicted of corruption since 1980.

TWO (2): The number of Congressmen convicted and imprisoned since 1972 – Rostenkowski and Reynolds.

FOUR (4): The number of Illinois governors since 1960 that went to the Big House – Blago, Ryan, Walker, and Kerner.

FIFTEEN (15): The number of Illinois state legislators that have been convicted and imprisoned since 1972.

NINETEEN (19): The number of Cook County judges convicted of corruption since 1972.

TWENTY PERCENT (20%): Percentage of elected Chicago aldermen convicted of crimes since 1970.

TWENTY (20): Number of suburban Chicago mayors and village presidents convicted of corruption since 1972.

THIRTY-ONE (31): Number of Chicago aldermen convicted of corruption since 1976.

SIXTY-ONE (61): Number of corruption scandals in Chicago and its suburbs since the 1970s.

SEVENTY-NINE (79): Number of then-current or former Illinois, Chicago or Cook County elected officials that were found guilty of a crime by judges, juries or their own pleas between 1972 and 2006.

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130): Number of elected officials from the suburbs of Chicago convicted of corruption since 1980.

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY (150): Number of TOP Cook County officials that have been convicted in the last 140 years.

TWO HUNDRED FIFTY (250): If the number of Chicago alderman sentenced to prison since 1972 was extrapolated to the US House, it would be as if roughly 250 congressman had gone to jail in the same period.

THREE HUNDRED (300): Number of Chicago police officers convicted of corruption, including gang protection, since the 1960s.

FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE (469): Number of politicians from the federal district of Northern Illinois that were found guilty of corruption between 1995 and 2004.

FIFTEEN HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE (1,531): Number of federal convictions of public officials and businessmen in Cook County for corruption or corruption-related crimes since 1976.

EIGHTEEN HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (1,828): Number of total convictions of Illinois politicians for corruption since 1972.

And they wonder why there is so much crime and violence in Chicago…

Resist We Much on February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Jackson Jr plea deal will include “significant jail time”

…weeks or months?

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Eh. The voters will just send him back after he’s out. “He may be a cook, but he’s OUR crook!” Just like the one currently occupying the White House.

GarandFan on February 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The last Democrat to win election to the governorship of Illinois who didn’t at some point serve time in federal prison was Adlai Stevenson. He won in 1948. We’ll see what happens to Quinn.

jog267 on February 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Do they have a special wing in Joliet just for politicians and gangsters??

BigWyo on February 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Unfortunately, they don’t end up in “Joliet”.
Blago is in Colorado, and Ryan is in Terre Haute Ind, and Dan Walker was in Deluth….even Rostenkowski ended up in Wisconsin.

tencole on February 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

[Resist We Much on February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM]

LOL. Nice list!

Dusty on February 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Resist We Much on February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

You are indispensable.

tom daschle concerned on February 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Pond scum . . . enough said.

rplat on February 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

If American ever needed an enema the ideal place to shove the probe would be Chicago! The sad part of this is that there are so many more elected officials that should be in jail too.

harvey1 on February 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I used to live in that district. Yea!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

That district would reelect him again.

Fallon on February 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

He threw his old lady under the bus? Reminds me of the used car salesman in True Lies when the spooks break into his trailer “safe house” where he’s trying to seduce Jamie Lee Curtis and screams for them to “take her” . . .
Seems like “The Jacksons”, along with most other Illinois politicians, have all the integrity of a used car salesman. Maybe Joe Izuzu ought run for Jesse’s seat next . . .

tpitman on February 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Hey! I’m a used car salesman and I resemble that remark.
Anyone want to buy a 69 nova with just 30k miles on it. One owner

BruceB on February 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Dusty and Tom Daschle: Thx.

People, especially young people, look at the individuals that represent them as role models. If their politicians are corrupt and lawbreakers, then it is more likely that they will be as well. Political leaders create the climate of the areas that they represent.

Before people like Rahm Emanuel, Jesse Jackson, and David Axelrod blame “states with ‘lax’ gun control” for the abysmal, out-of-control homicide rate, overall crime rate and gang activity, they should clean up their own backyard. The culture of corruption in Chicago is more responsible for the crime in that city than is any other state in America.

If the problem was really guns and the ability to obtain them in states with “lax” gun control laws, then one would expect a similar crime rate in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa; yet, the rates in those states are much lower. So, MAYBE, the problem is the Blue Model and the corruption that riddles Illinois government at all levels.

Resist We Much on February 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Will he be taking his own caddy?

mojo on February 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Say, how is it Holder allowed this brother to be investigated? Is there a little competition between the Obama and the Jackson wing of the “community?”

Don L on February 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Jesse senior once threatened to geld Prezzy Bark in his first sashay to office. Pay back despite the fact that Jesse junior looks like he could have been Obamas son.

BL@KBIRD on February 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Where is Mike Royko when you need him?

catsandbooks on February 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Do they have a special wing in Joliet just for politicians and gangsters??

BigWyo on February 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Joliet is a state institution. These are federal crimes, so when, I mean if, Jr. is found guilty he will go to a soft federal facility where his brothers will isolate him from any harm from those evil white guys who might throw an insult his way.

HiJack on February 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

A couple of the state’s recent governors went from the big mansion to the Big House, too…

Actually, Ed, Illinois has a long tradition of their governors ending up in the joint.

As to Mrs. Jackson — since a great deal of that campaign money was spent illegally on the home she shared with Jr., she had to know that he was breaking the law and that she was benefiting by it.

Blake on February 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Just like Louisiana in the past

jake49 on February 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Hey, he could have bought a knockoff Rolex for $25-$50 and save himself a few years in the “big house.”

Say, how is it Holder allowed this brother to be investigated? Is there a little competition between the Obama and the Jackson wing of the “community?”

Don L on February 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Payback. Jesse and Al were supporting Hillary until it became obvious Obama was going to win and they were FORCED to support him.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Just another day in life in Crook County Il….http://abovethelaw.com/2012/11/judges-of-the-day-cook-county-kookiness/

makaput on February 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I think it would have been appropriate for Jackscum to have bought the Obutthead Senate seat from Blago. He would have felt right at home in his Senate Caucus. Oh well, opportunities lost.

NOMOBO on February 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

‘Significant Time’? For a Democrat/Liberal, isn’t that 6-months in a minimum security golf-course-included ‘resort’?!

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than the Illinois political system.
Thank God we don’t have a preznit who was cultured in that system, just imagine what such a person could do.

Bishop on February 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Bing. I spoke with this Marxist dope once; he called me back in response to my acidic message to his office. Incredibly thin-skinned for someone so stupid and radical; you would think he is used to being mocked as an imbecile, given that … he is an imbecile.

JJJ has spent his adult life surrounded by half-retarded Democrat yes-men, whores, patronage flying monkeys, and paid party staffers. He couldn’t make it for a week on his own without crapping his pants. Daddy’s boy.

Jaibones on February 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

PS Yes, Michael “Mike” Sneed is a woman. Probably the highest profile newspaper columnist in Chicago.

Jaibones on February 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Relapse in 3, 2, 1…

Philly on February 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM