Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing funds
February 20th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing funds

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is owning up to allegations that he used campaign funds for personal expenses and now he might get prison time.

Jackson, dabbing at this eyes with a handkerchief, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements.

Sentencing is set for June 28. That charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but though the judge noted that prosecutors and defense attorneys appeared to recommend a lighter sentence.

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  1. saywhat

    Nothing new among politicians.

    February 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. VIRGIN PREACHER

    Why lucifer's wives and concubines belive ANDRE HIMES just lucky and that his luck will soon run

    February 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. VIRGIN PREACHER

    A new demonic BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the black antebellum and hip hop nation and are based stereotypical images of low class ,poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population in AMERICA who were exterminated during the black holocaust

    February 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. banasy©

    I wonder how much media attention this story would have gotten if his father were not the Reverend Jesse Jackson? Whatever. He did the right thing by admitting it and pleading guilty.

    February 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Rascal Rabble

    oh pleeze...his illness affected his better judgement...

    February 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ..

      Being bi-polar doesn't affect judgement. Good Lord. Get an education.

      February 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      mr dot dot, may you should change you name to ??...your answers are unsure. bipolar individual can cycle either way...the mania phase can cause impulsivity, high risk behaviors, and poor decisions which can be very exaggerated and detrimental to relationships finances and careers...judgement is affected...

      February 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ..

      Yeah, okay, so he should be given a pass because of it? Excusing him because he's black? That it?

      February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    And his illness , his lawyers will argue, should effect His sentence downward. lol

    February 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Max Headroom

    Just as fraudulent and scandalous as his daddy. Just not as protected as his daddy.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Rascal Rabble

    probally sentenced him so obama aka drone daddy will rollup in his suede lined cadilllac with one of those "republican presidential turkey pardons"...except this one is more upscaled and has the democratic overtones.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. banasy©

    How odd that his judgement wasn't impaired when picking out the Rolex. Maybe he needed it to keep track of the time he needed to take his next dose of medicine. And odd that his wife's judgement wasn't impaired at all when picking out her furs and furniture.

    February 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rascal Rabble

      birds of the feather flock together: she, the wife, might be undiagnosed...

      February 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |

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