Prosecutors want 4 year sentence for Jesse Jackson Jr.
June 7th, 2013
03:31 PM ET
10 months ago

Prosecutors want 4 year sentence for Jesse Jackson Jr.

Washington (CNN) – Federal prosecutors want former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to receive a sentence of four years in prison for misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds, which he used to cover personal expenses.

A government sentencing memo released Friday also calls for Jackson to pay back that money to the campaign and asks for the forfeiture of some of Jackson’s assets to do so.

In their own document issued Friday, Jackson's lawyers asked for a jail term below the guideline range of 46-57 months.

“Mr. Jackson’s need for ongoing mental health treatment, outstanding record of good works both large and small, as well as his close family and community ties all argue for leniency," the memo read. "The nature of his offense has left no victims asking for justice.

"Mr. Jackson has already lost so much due to his mistakes that a below-Guidelines sentence is warranted, just and necessary to punish him appropriately," his lawyers continued in their memo.

Other factors, such as Jackson suffering under media glare and the fact he and his wife resigned and lost their incomes, are also cited in the document.

Jackson, a Democrat who represented Illinois, pleaded guilty February 20 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements and admitted to years of using campaign money to pay for things like vacations, restaurant bills and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

His wife, Sandra Jackson, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. For her, the prosecutors recommend she serve an 18 month sentence and pay $168,550.01 in restitution.

Prosecutors are also recommending the Jacksons not serve their sentences at the same time because they have kids. The proposal suggests Sandra serve first.

The judge will make the final decisions. Both Jacksons are scheduled to be sentenced on July 3.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    stinking democrat thief. he should get 10 years of actual jail time. he was a trusted public official. only then will you deter these crooks from stealing and taking advantage of the taxpayers.

    June 7, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    In the words of Barretta.......

    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time...........
    What a loser.

    June 7, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    At least he had the self dignity to admit wrong doing, instead of denying it.

    June 7, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    So Mark Sanford should pay back what he embezzled led from SC when visiting his squeeze in Argentina...and do time right??

    June 7, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    Al-NY,NY

    So Mark Sanford should pay back what he embezzled led from SC when visiting his squeeze in Argentina...and do time right??

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Of course not! Didn't you get the memo? IOKIYAR!

    June 7, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    At least he had the self dignity to admit wrong doing, instead of denying it.
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    like he had a choice! the idiot was caught red handed. i'm sure he admitted it in order to get a lesser sentence.

    now if we can just get that democrat thief charlie rangel to admit to his thievery, the democrats might make some progress in draining their democrat swamp of thieves.

    June 7, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. just askin

    what's the big deal? just another corrupt politcian stealing. happens in corrupt democrat controlled illinois every single day. i mean it is not like he texted pictures of his weiner all over the internet!

    June 7, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    At least he had the self dignity to admit wrong doing, instead of denying it.
    ------------–
    Nice reach. Would not have had to admit anything if he did nothing wrong! Self-dignity? Nah man! That along with character should have stopped him from stealing in the first place. Don't get me wrong, both sides do it and both sides are dead wrong. What all that evidence, exactly how was he going to deny it?

    June 7, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Steveo

    Al-NY,NY

    So Mark Sanford should pay back what he embezzled led from SC when visiting his squeeze in Argentina...and do time right??
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    Sorry the subject is Jackson Jr. NOT Sanford. BUT I would have to agree with you. Corruption IS corruption whether red or blue! OBTW, you sure Sanford actually embezzled anything? Either way this t-i-t for tat stuff is ridiculous.

    June 7, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    At least he had the self dignity to admit wrong doing, instead of denying it.
    ----

    As usual.... Democrats and liberals praising criminals. Especially when they are one of their own. Yes, and at least he didn't steal billions, and at least he didn't kill kittens and puppies.

    Yes, i'm sure he just overflowing with "self dignity".

    June 7, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    Nice reach. Would not have had to admit anything if he did nothing wrong! Self-dignity? Nah man! That along with character should have stopped him from stealing in the first place. Don't get me wrong, both sides do it and both sides are dead wrong. What all that evidence, exactly how was he going to deny it?
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    LOL. Don't make me say it. But, it;s Friday. No, don't make me say it. LOL A Republican would have denied it. LOL

    June 7, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Steveo

    @Malory Archer
    Al-NY,NY
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    It appears to me you are excusing Jackson jr because Sanford messed up. Question for you: Lawyers are requesting jail time for Jackson, Jr. What did lawyers ask for in the case of Sanford? There is no blue wrong and red wrong, there is just WRONG! Take up any issue with Sanford with those lawyers. In the meantime Jackson, Jr need a little time behind bars. He forget he was a PUBLIC SERVANT, not a PUBLIC MASTER!

    June 7, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC,

    Say it! Which Republican or all of them? Rudy, I have been reading your posts and believe blanket statements are beneath you! Blanket staement are both wrong and lazy! Are there SOME GOP who would have denied it?, I am sure just like there would be some Dems, Moderates, liberals, socialists, tea partiers, and communists who would have denied it as well!

    June 7, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. smith

    @Rudy-I know your liberal heart is broken here, but you can`t defend dumb.

    June 7, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. hammer

    For the kids I would let his wife off with probation.

    June 7, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |