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AP: Jesse Jackson Jr Pleads Guilty (He Is Sick)

From the Associated Press:

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife agree to plead guilty to federal charges

Friday, February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

Federal prosecutors filed one charge of conspiracy against the former Chicago congressman and charged his ex-alderman wife, Sandra, 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. Both agreed to plead guilty in plea deals with federal prosecutors.

The son of a famed civil rights leader, Jackson, a Democrat, entered Congress in 1995 and resigned last November. Sandi, as she’s known, was a Chicago alderman, but resigned last month amid the federal investigation.

The real shock here is that the AP actually mentions that Jackson is a Democrat.

Jackson used campaign money to buy such things as a $43,350 on a gold-plated, men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children’s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, the document said.

It’s safe to say that a $43,000 dollar Rolex is solid gold and not gold plated.

“I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made,” the ex-congressman said in a written statement released by his lawyers…

Yes, Mr. Jackson has "fully accepted responsibility" by blaming his ‘mental illness’ from the moment he got caught.

The government said, “Defendant Jesse L. Jackson Jr., willingly and knowingly, used approximately $750,000 from the campaign’s accounts for personal expenses” that benefited him and his co-conspirator, who was not named in the one-count criminal information filed in the case. The filing of a criminal information means a defendant has waived the right to have a grand jury consider the case; it is used by federal prosecutors when they have reached a deal for a guilty plea.

The prosecutors’ court filing said that upon conviction, Jackson must forfeit $750,000, plus tens of thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia items and furs. The memorabilia includes a football signed by U.S. presidents, a Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen guitar, a Michael Jackson fedora, Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, Malcolm X memorabilia, Jimi Hendrix memorabilia and Bruce Lee memorabilia — all from a company called Antiquities of Nevada…

What a savvy investor he is.

Published reports said Jackson could face 46 to 57 months in prison under sentencing guidelines, but there was no immediate confirmation of what, if any, sentence he and prosecutors had agreed to recommend to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, who was assigned the case…

Don’t worry. Corrupt Democrats, especially if they are from Chicago, never go to jail — unless their name is Blagojevich.

The court papers said that Jackson filed false financial reports with the U.S. House of Representatives in an attempt to conceal his and his wife’s conversion of campaign funds for their personal benefit.

A black and red cashmere cape cost $1,500, a mink reversible parka cost $1,200 and a black fox reversible cost $1,500, prosecutors wrote.

But, don’t worry, the AP is also quick to point out that Jesse Jackson Jr wasn’t interested in power. Just bling.

From the Associated Press:

Jackson Jr.’s downfall tied to objects, not power

February 16, 2013

CHICAGO — For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, his career wasn’t ended by attempts to amass political power.

Instead, it was the former congressman’s desire for flashy items — a gold-plated Rolex watch [sic], furs and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen’s guitar.

In a state where stop-at-nothing political ambition has been well documented — and often rewarded — the seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson’s undoing is seen by political observers and former colleagues as both nonsensical and sad…

While former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich went to prison because he tried to trade President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for a more prestigious job or millions in campaign donations, Jackson could go to prison for, in part, buying memorabilia tied to martial arts movie star Bruce Lee…

And never mind that he was (and probably still is) being investigated for trying to buy a Senate seat from Governor Rod Blagojevich. Or that he tried to get his wife an appointment through Blagojevich to be the director of the Illinois Lottery Commission.

Jackson denied any wrongdoing in the Blagojevich matter, which involved unproven allegations that he was involved in discussions to raise campaign funds in exchange for being appointed to Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat…

Unproven in what sense?

Suddenly last summer, Jackson disappeared from public view for several weeks. His staff eventually revealed he was being treated for bipolar disorder and other medical issues.

Which sure was handy.

When Jackson resigned from office in November, he cited his bipolar disorder and acknowledged he also was under federal investigation. Sandi Jackson resigned from her Chicago alderman seat in January.

What is her excuse disease?

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who represents a neighboring district and visited Jackson Jr. shortly after his release from treatment at the Mayo Clinic, said the charges against the Jacksons "couldn’t be more unfortunate." …

Davis wondered whether the long list of luxury purchases mentioned in the federal criminal complaint were "an indication that his bipolar condition kind of was manifesting itself even then."

If so, he said, it’s unfair to compare this situation to other Illinois corruption…

Absolutely. The poor guy is just sick. He probably should sue someone for all of his suffering.

Even so, if Jesse Jackson, Jr were a Republican and the son of a conservative icon this case would be the top story of the year. Especially, given his ties to a notorious governor and the President.

Instead, all we have really heard about him from our one party news media lately is his terrible mental illness. Which only came upon him when he was being prosecuted for corruption.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP: Jesse Jackson Jr Pleads Guilty (He Is Sick)”

  1. yadayada says:

    the seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson’s undoing is seen by political observers and former colleagues as both nonsensical and sad…

    poorly constructed sentence from people who’s occupation is reliant upon the english language. do they mean that corruption, theft, and fraud are a frivolous reason for the career of a black democrat to be undone?
    pity – no predecessor in office to blame it on.

  2. canary says:

    Maybe during Obama and Tiger Woods game Sunday, our leader talked Tiger Woods into doing an intervention and get Jesse Jackson Jr. into the Tiger’s addiction Rehab since they couldn’t get Bill Clinton to go in one.

    Question: Do congressman get insurance good enough they can afford that long Mayo Clinic?
    Jesse Sr. must have helped

    • canary says:

      my bad. Obama played golf with Tiger Woods in California to follow-up on his Chicago trip of telling fathers not to be absentee fathers, to give Tiger a personal lesson.

  3. USSFreedom says:

    Shouldn’t that be a BUYpolar condition? A. Lincoln’s wife had the same condition, yet was tagged a Skitzo.
    JESSE JR. did shop til he dropped but, daddy now looking for a safe ward in a temple of gold where his boy can pull his sentence in the luxury he has become accustomed to. Now reporting the little thief is under “Tight Medical Supervision”. Didn’t dare call it a WATCH.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    Does the original article even mention the title: democrat?

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