August 14th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Jesse Jackson Jr. going to jail; says he 'manned up'

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.

"I misled the American people," Jackson, 48, said before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed the term, which also included an order for restitution and community service.

The ex-Illinois lawmaker's wife, Sandi, received a 12-month sentence for her role in her husband's misuse of roughly $750,000 in campaign funds over several years.

"I don't have to tell you this is a very sad day and a very difficult case," Judge Jackson said, calling it an example of organized and joint misconduct and a violation of the public trust.

"You knew better," she said.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Somebody that really couldn't afford to contribute could of had money for medicine or another bag of groceries. You realize things like this when you work hard for a living. Victimless? Really?

    August 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I Mandup

    He's got nothing to feel proud of or take credit for.

    August 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. petoskey ron

    Hope he learns a new defination for man-up while doing his time. Another fine example of "held to a higher standard."

    August 15, 2013 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Wish it were 30 years, which it would be for anyone else pulling this stunt.

    August 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    Jackson and his wife got their hand slapped. 30 years would have been more appropriate @banasy.

    August 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    Bet you when they get out it won't be long before he is running for office! Just like some of these other perverted, worthless officials!

    August 16, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |