Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Sentenced To Prison

WGTV: A federal judge sentenced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to 30 months, or about 2-and-a-half years, in prison for misuse of campaign funds.

“This is a very sad day and a difficult case,” said Judge Amy Berman Jackson before the sentence was handed down. She said she finds he is “genuinely committed” to his work in Congress. But, she said he wrote checks and credit charges more than 3,000 times.

Talking about Jackson’s illness, she said “this disorder can not begin to explain” the multiple purchases.

“You are a member of Congress who never missed a vote,” the judge said, adding that she received letters from people implying Jackson is “guilty of bad acts but you are not a bad man.”

“But as a public official you are supposed to live up to a higher standard of integrity,” she said.

During his sentencing hearing, Jackson addressed the court and admitted fault: ”I misled the American people; I misled the House of Representatives; I misled the media…I was wrong. I don’t fault anyone.”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson also ruled that Jackson does not have to pay restitution to his former campaign because it is now defunct.

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