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Jesse Jr. Gets Only 30 Months For Stealing $750K

From Reuters:

Ex-U.S. congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison

By Lacey Johnson | August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., once one of the most promising black politicians in the United States, was sentenced on Wednesday to 2-1/2 years in prison for misuse of campaign funds.

Jackson, a former Democratic representative and the son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., apologized before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced him on Wednesday.

Jackson, 48, had pleaded guilty in February to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds on luxuries such as fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and a Rolex watch.

30 months in prison would seem to be a pretty mild punishment for stealing three quarters of a million dollars. A run of the mill bank robber would get a much stiffer sentence.

From Title 18, section 2113 of the United States Code, which is the Federal criminal bank robbery statute. "[A]nyone who enters or attempts to enter any building used in whole or in part as a bank, credit union, or savings and loan association with the intent to commit any felony affecting such financial institution or any larceny is subject to a fine, twenty years imprisonment or both."

"I misled the American people," Jackson said at the hearing. "I also want to apologize to my dad and my mother," Jackson said, wiping away tears. "I take responsibility for my actions and I’m very sorry for what I have done," he said.

That is, he is sorry he got caught. And his is also sorry he couldn’t use mental illness (his ‘mood disorder’) to especially responsibility.

His wife, Sandi, a former Chicago city council member, was sentenced to one year for falsifying tax returns that failed to report the campaign money as income…

Try lying on your taxes to the tune of three quarter million dollars and see what kind of sentence you get.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of four years for the ex-congressman and 18 months for Sandi Jackson…

Some criminals are more equal than others. Still, shouldn’t the Reverend Jackson have insisted on equal justice?

The Reverend Jackson told reporters afterward that it has been an "extraordinarily difficult" time for the family. "Jesse’s been very sick," Reverend Jackson said. "This time a year ago, I really thought we may have lost him. I think he’s strong enough now to accept the challenges put before him by the judge."

Too bad Jesse junior didn’t have someone to teach him right from wrong.

Dozens of letters to the judge were filed in the court docket before the sentencing… Most letter writers expressed outrage at the couple’s behavior and asked for the maximum punishment as a way to combat persistent corruption in Illinois and in Chicago’s Cook County…

Never mind all that. What do the little people know about justice?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Jesse Jr. Gets Only 30 Months For Stealing $750K”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I think Jesse is a cross dresser. Maybe even a Down-Low kinda poufe.

    Fur cape? Really? Who wants to see that in the papers?

    /Call PETA

    • untrainable says:

      Mounted elk heads? Never heard a mounted head described as a luxury item. I mean, if you killed it it’s a trophy. If you just bought it, and you’re a hardcore lefty, it would seem to be quite inappropriate. But not a “luxury”.

      How many fur capes are we talking about here? 3/4 of a million dollars? That’s a lot of murder.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      This list is from the charging document.

      Gold-plated men’s Rolex watch, July 2007, $43,350
      Bruce Lee memorabilia, bought between August 2007 and August 2008, $10,105 Porcelain collector’s items, January 2008, $1,553.09
      Children’s furniture, July 2008, $9,587.64
      Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, August and September 2008, $11,130
      Football signed by US presidents, February 2009, $5,000
      Michael Jackson memorabilia, bought between August 2009 and March 2010, $22,700
      Fur capes and parkas, November 2009, $5,150
      Eddie Van Halen guitar, November 2009, $4,000
      Malcolm X memorabilia, February 2010, $2,200
      Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, March 2010, $2,775

      -$60,000 on dining out, nightclubs and lounges
      -$31,000 on airfare
      -$17,000 on tobacco shops
      -$16,000 on sports clubs
      -$14,500 on dry cleaning
      -$8,000 on groceries
      -$6,000 on drug stores
      -$5,800 on alcohol
      -$4,000 for a cruise
      -$243 for a “Build a Bear” Teddy Bear!!

      In all he made about 31,000 personal purchases using campaign funds.

      Where could he have learned such self entitlement and disregard for the peoples money?

  2. Chrispbass says:

    He must have known someone to get such a light sentence. Well at least he’ll have to pay the money back.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    $17, 000.00 at tobacco shops?
    That’s a lot of spice. (Synthetic pot)
    Race Baiter Sr. didn’t almost lose Jr. last year.
    That happened loooong ago.

  4. yadayada says:

    fur cape, purple coat, wide brim white hat w/ peacock feather…….

    ooops. I hope that doesn’t sound racist.

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