Jackson, wife expected to plead guilty to federal charges today

posted at 11:21 am on February 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Word of the plea agreement between former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, his wife, and federal investigators began to leak out last week.  Today the couple will appear in court to enter guilty pleas on charges of corruption, bringing to an end yet another cycle of Chicago Machine politics and perhaps an end to the family’s national political influence:

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are to appear in federal court to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Both the former Illinois congressman and his wife, Sandra, have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. Jackson is charged with conspiracy and his wife with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received.

The Jacksons are appearing separately Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins — with the former congressman appearing in the morning and his wife in the afternoon.

Rumors had swirled about whether the two would get prison sentences or somehow escape with probation.  At least at the moment, the attorneys for the wife don’t sound optimistic about Sandra Jackson retaining her freedom:

The conspiracy charge against the former congressman carries a maximum statutory penalty of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and other penalties. The charge against Sandra Jackson carries a maximum of three years in prison. However, one of her lawyers, Tom Kirsch, says the plea agreement “does not contemplate a sentence of that length.” Sandra Jackson was a Chicago alderman before she resigned last month during the federal investigation.

That sounds as if the agreement includes at least some prison time for Sandra.  If that’s the case, expect a similar if not stiffer sentence for Jesse Jackson Jr.  As a Congressman, he was the more central figure in the FBI probe, and his responsibility to the public even greater.  Besides, as CBS reported this morning, federal prosecutors only charged the former Congressman with conspiracy, which means that they will want extra time in the sentencing:

It’s a rather dramatic fall for the Jacksons, whose patriarch Jesse Sr once ran for the Democratic presidential nomination.  It’s also another reminder of the political corruption in the nation’s third-largest city, and a time for the rest of the nation to wonder when Illinois plans to do anything more to clean it up — or whether federal investigators will continue to make it a career position.


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So with time off for good behavior, we can expect to see him back in public office within three years or so?

forest on February 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

…let’s see what kind of sentence he gets…huh?
…I’m sure it will be something that can be applied EVERYWHERE!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Marion Barry.

‘Nuff said.

listens2glenn on February 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

You can bet that the no or low information voters in Chicago
will vote the two of them back into government positions when
they get out of prison.

Amjean on February 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Today the couple will appear in court to enter guilty pleas on charges of corruption, bringing to an end yet another cycle of Chicago Machine politics and perhaps an end to the family’s national political influence:

Come on….he’s a Democrat. It’s a resume enhancer

Ditkaca on February 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Throw the book at ‘em.

tommer74 on February 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

…I want JJ Jr. to get ‘prison love’…he deserves it!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

You can bet that the no or low information voters in Chicago
will vote the two of them back into government positions when
they get out of prison.

Amjean on February 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

You betcha, its the Democrat way.

tommer74 on February 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Today the couple will appear in court to enter guilty pleas on charges of corruption

Business as usual in Chicago.

GarandFan on February 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

After he’s done his time, he’ll at a minimum get a gig at MSNBC, if not back into elected office. Gag me.

LukeinNE on February 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

So, is obama going to go ahead and issue the pardons now, or wait until after these thugs have spent a few nights in jail?

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Now Daddy needs to join them in Prison.

portlandon on February 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

shameful.

ctmom on February 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

And yet 95% of blacks will vote for this guy again when he decides to run… The black society in America, at least 70% of blacks, is absolutely corrupt and bankrupt on every level… socially, financially, morally, etc… The racist liberals destroyed the black society long time ago starting in the 1960′s and there is no way to rebuild it…

mnjg on February 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

He’s “suffered enough, already”. Six months in rehab for show. Then two years making $200k in a John Podesta Anti-America re-education political action construct and BAM! Barack’s your uncle.

Back into public office in two years, if Jesse Sr keeps in line.

ROCnPhilly on February 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM

They better be both disbarred, too.

Blake on February 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Wonder where Jesse Jr. learned how to be corrupt?? Is this something we can blame on the GOP?

originalpechanga on February 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Junior will not find out his sentence ubntil later. First, a Pre-Sentence Investigative Report, must be submitted to the Court. This is a federal case, so sentencing guidelines will most likely determine the length of sentence.

My estimate? Wife gets probation, Junior gets 36 months. He will probably serve around 27 months, with about two months in a half-way house.

Won’t know for a while. This is just the procedure where Junior enters his plea.

BigAlSouth on February 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Have you noticed how little media coverage there has been on this? If JJ, Jr. were a white Republican, this would be Brian Williams’ lead story every night.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Will the Jackson Two be made to return the money they embezzled, or wasn’t that a big enough theft-theft to warrant it?

Liam on February 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I’ll be amazed if he serves 5 years in a country-club prison, much less serious time in a federal A$$-Pounding Academy.

MelonCollie on February 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

UNEXPECTED BREAKING NEWS!!! CNN ACTUALLY REPORTING THIS STORY!

Rovin on February 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM

They both knew the feds were on to them, yet he ran for re-election. That was again theft. But, the voters in that dirtball city don’t care. They are as scummy as the Jacksons.

Blake on February 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

A Chicago politician going to jail for corruption????

pshaw

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Heheheheheheheheh SNORT! heheheheheheheheheheh

annoyinglittletwerp on February 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

George Ryan is out of prison so the politician suite in Terre Haute is currently vacant.

The most hilarious thing about this is that he decided to sell out his wife as well. Even Blago didn’t sell Patti out.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I’m getting damn sick and tired of the vestiges of racism, rearing its ugly head, again and again and again.

The First One-Percenter was right:

America is just downright mean.

/

OhEssYouCowboys on February 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM

If his wife doesn’t get any jail time, she can take over his seat while he’s gone. Then he can run for mayor of Chicago after Rahm moves to the Whitehouse in 2016.

He run on a redemption platform. His election is guaranteed.

Curtiss on February 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

So with time off for good behavior, we can expect to see him back in public office within three years or so?

Most likely. For Dems and Chicago politics, this is no big deal.

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I bet it was mostly his wife who was taking the money. His father would have taught him better how to rip people off I would think.

Neo on February 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Come on….he’s a Democrat. It’s a resume enhancer

Quite so…..squeaky clean resumes don’t get ‘em nearly as far.

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Sentencing for former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. set for June 28 at 2 p.m. ET – @NBCNews

25 mins ago by editor
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Former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds – @chicagotribune

27 mins ago from http://www.chicagotribune.com by editor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jesse-jackson-jr-sandi-jackson-plea-hearings-wednesday-20130219,0,1510803.story?q
===========================

In court, former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says: ‘I fully understand the consequences of my actions’ – @Ward_Room

1 hour ago by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/jesse-jackson-jr-federal-charges

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

All Democrats are criminals so it’s interesting to see who the White Democrat Establishment always chooses to bring to justice. Black politicians are a threat to the WDE so they go after them, except their puppet Obama who they groomed for the job. And guys like Trafficant, for falling out of lockstep too much.

Buddahpundit on February 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Another Demtard bites ye dust,…..Ha Ha !

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

@lynnsweet tweeted:
lynnsweet

Jesse Jackson Jr. Walking outside of courtroom

grabs my hand and tells me

“tell everybody back home, I’m sorry I let them down, OK?”

13 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

https://twitter.com/lynnsweet
=============================

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

It’s a rather dramatic fall for the Jacksons, whose patriarch Jesse Sr once ran for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Not really. In Chicago a little jail time is resume enhancing. Illinois is the only state where a governor actually makes your license plate for ya.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Club Fed. Considering that they are Democrats, they’ll be doing less time than Martha Stewart.

unclesmrgol on February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

“Bi-Polar disorder compelled me to feed my addictios…and greed…But as soon as I’m outta prison I’ll stay on my meds and work to redeem myself with your help to change Illinois…or something like that…” – Future Gubernatorial campaign ad for Jesse Jackson Jr.

workingclass artist on February 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

It’s a rather dramatic fall for the Jacksons, whose patriarch Jesse Sr once ran for the Democratic presidential nomination

…if you don’t get indicted in the Chicago area…you run for President!…it clears the avenue for greater wealth!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

It’s a badge of honor for the Jackson’s to be prosecuted persecuted this way. They will be rallied around as victims of the ubiquitous “man”. There will be a redemption tour shortly after being released and *boom!* back in politics. So many of the people in Chicago are freakin’ idiots.

Fallon on February 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr. Walking outside of courtroom

grabs my hand and tells me

“tell everybody back home, I’m sorry I let them down, OK?”

Mark my words, when it comes to sentencing JJJ and his wife are going to use the “nut job” defense. They will not see one day in a federal prison. The defense will be that, yes they committed federal crimes but it was only because the (then) Congressman from IL-2 was crazy as a loon and an addict.

The judge will give them a stiff sentence.

The rat-eared wonder will give them both a full pardon with a lecture to Americans that we shouldn’t incarcerate the mentally ill. He will probably even make JJJ into the poster criminal for what is wrong with the mental health system that can only be fixed by the massive confiscation of privately held firearms.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Sorry that Ryan didn’t croke in prison.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM

It’s a rather dramatic fall for the Jacksons

Another Demtard bites ye dust,…..Ha Ha !

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I get it, but reflect and you will see how naive that statements are…

This will be a badge of honor, she took money from the “man” so that’s okay…he has drug/money problems, he is just one of “us”…

Look at the harm it did to Mayor Barry, running a male prostitution ring and look how it harmed Barney,look at any number of liberal, and often minority leaders who have been caught stealing, drugs, tax evasion,prostitution…it hasn’t harmed them a bit, in fact, they are as powerful as ever, maybe even more so.

The crime was getting caught…not the act…in most of their supporters eyes.

right2bright on February 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Why stop with these two…..round up all the Dems
in Chicago and the city will look like a giant
bag of Cheetos in orange jumpsuits.

ToddPA on February 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

It’s a badge of honor for the Jackson’s to be prosecuted persecuted this way. They will be rallied around as victims of the ubiquitous “man”. There will be a redemption tour shortly after being released and *boom!* back in politics. So many of the people in Chicago are freakin’ idiots.

Fallon on February 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Everything except one minor change…Chicago could be replaced with the democrat party…

right2bright on February 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I love how the judge in this case has ties to Jesse, Sr. yet no one sees a reason for him to have recused himself. How has Chicago never been wiped off the face of the earth?

MustLoveBlogs on February 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

How has Chicago never been wiped off the face of the earth?

MustLoveBlogs on February 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

“Face” isn’t the body part most associated with Chicago and wiping. Think lower.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Dual dirtbags.

rplat on February 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

The crime was getting caught…not the act…in most of their supporters eyes.

Cut. Jib. Newsletter…

wytshus on February 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I like the way he’s using his child as a human shield in the pic. Typical Dem strategy.

Chicago and Illinois have sunk so deeply into the mire of corruption that it’s a wonder the media doesn’t simply implode every time they ‘have’ to cover one of these events. It’s business as usual, nothing to see here and don’t ask us to ask questions…we’ve got our families to think about.

CitizenEgg on February 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

You can’t fault them, after all it was the status quo of politics in Illinois in years past. They were just mimicking what they have witnessed. Then saying, homey, I want some ‘o dat. Soooo corrupt are these demoncrats. We want our public officials to be straight, do you remember what straight is???

jake49 on February 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

You can bet that the no or low information voters in Chicago
will vote the two of them back into government positions when
they get out of prison.

Amjean on February 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Absolutely. You gotta understand the district the Jacksons come from. He’s a hero of “those people”, and “those people” will keep voting this kind of trash into office, because he is one of “them” and a victim of The Man. Hypocrisy and racism is the foundation of this ilk which is why they will never amount to anything except takers and crooks, but I repeat myself.

HiJack on February 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

“Bi-Polar disorder compelled me to feed my addictios…and greed…But as soon as I’m outta prison I’ll stay on my meds and work to redeem myself with your help to change Illinois…or something like that…” – Future Gubernatorial campaign ad for Jesse Jackson Jr.

workingclass artist on February 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Uh, have you seen the track record of Illinois governors and their relationship to attending Graybar College?

HiJack on February 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The courts are clearly RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on February 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Prison–it’s like post-graduate research for Democrats. When he gets out, some school should award him an honorary PhD in finance or ethics.

Christien on February 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Don’t do the rhyme, if you can’t do the time.

Oh, wait…wrong Jackson.

Christien on February 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

another Chicago Democrat goes to jail, $10 this doesn’t even make the evening news…

burserker on February 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I want a perp walk. If there’s no perp walk with overcoats thrown over heads but still ill disguising these two the fix is in. I also hope for immediate incarceration.

Mason on February 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

“Face” isn’t the body part most associated with Chicago and wiping. Think lower.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

You’re right on about that.

MustLoveBlogs on February 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

He’ll get out, run for office and get re-elected.

Opposite Day on February 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Its a family affair

Sly and the family stone

Bevan on February 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Nomad @ 12:21 … you read my mind.

I’ll bet the time ‘in stir’ will be measured in months and not years. The wife gets supervised probation … for the children don’t ya know.
But courts at the Federal level have dealt quite harshly with elected officials that get caught flaunting their power.
And I am amazed, really at his amateur behavior in this arena, after all he is the Son of the Master.
For a background on this special skill set read: Shakedown (how Jesse Jackson fleeced Wall Street firms).

Guess Junior didn’t read it carefully enough or perhaps didn’t ‘follow the leader’?

Missilengr on February 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Chicago thugs belong in Chicago Jails….including our dear president

sadsushi on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Jackson Mini-Me was just trying to grift down to his father’s standards-dunno why anyone would think him crazy. At least he didn’t threaten to cut off the Prez’s nads (a good and proper job for the Missus), as did dear crooked daddy Reverend.

trl on February 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Gee, who of thunk there was a corrupt member of the Jackson family, or more shocking a corrupt politicians from Chicago. Or should I just say corrupt politicians?

georgeofthedesert on February 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM