Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison
August 14th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
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Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison

(CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds.

Jackson pleaded guilty in February to using campaign money for personal expenses that included buying Michael Jackson memorabilia, furs, and a Rolex watch. The judge said the sentence should be served at a facility in Alabama.

His wife Sandra Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for filing false tax returns. She pleaded guilty in February to failing to report nearly $570,000 in taxable income from 2006 through 2011.


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  1. Wake up People!

    Good, now will this be the last we have to hear from or about him??

    August 14, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. just saying

    so did they have to repay all the money they stole?

    30 months? he'll end up serving one third of that time. democrats will put this thief back in office within 2-3 years. democrats just loooooovee criminals.

    August 14, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. I'm NOT a liberal

    Typical democrat.

    August 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Lost in the Shuffle

    I wonder what ever happened to the Feds investigating Jackson Jr for attempting to buy Obama's Senate seat? I wonder if they used that as leverage against him in this case? If so then Jackson Jr is getting off pretty darn easy with a 30 month sentence, half of which he will not spend behind bars.

    August 14, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. kirk

    When are they going to get real and start giving out punishment that the average Joe would get, maybe then, and only then will they think twice even if it takes two personalities to do it

    August 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. barryinlasvegas

    To bad his dad isn't going to prison with him. He's nothing but a blackmail and shakedown artist – that's how he made his millions.

    August 14, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Mikey

    @Wake up People! – "Good, now will this be the last we have to hear from or about him??"
    ***********************************************************
    Unfortunately, politicians seem to have no shame and frequently come back too haunt us. Raymond Berry, Anthony Weiner, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

    August 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. CB FL

    This should be what happens the Virginia governor.

    August 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Peppy

    That's it ??? someone got greased

    August 14, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. NameFrank Deery

    Democrats seem to be on a roll with their
    bad boys this year! From New York to San Diego, now Jesse Jackson Jr, of all people!
    That, plus all these "phony scandals" per Obama, add up. With voters!

    The Clinton Legacy lives on!

    All Republicans
    have to do is be patient and wait! 2014 and
    2016 look like winners for us. I mean, the
    ever-changing Obamacare mess Alone
    Is a loser for them, but these "bad boys",
    once "golden boys", is icing on the cake!

    Weiner, the worst, as he won't GO AWAY, will, as we saw today, vex the Hillary campaign. Both she and her husband were wedding guests at Weiner's marriage. Friends? Until now-and all this Internet "mess". Monica-ville, plus Benghazi, don't bode well with voters. Thus, they have abandoned their pal, Weiner, maybe his idiot
    wife. For their butts!

    August 14, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. ????

    His father must be so proud of him.

    August 14, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. kirk

    This behavior is beyond the gop

    August 14, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. just asking

    maybe obama can pardon him? i'm sure this was all a little mistake. or maybe eric holder can unilaterally decide that this sentence is too long and have him released? i'm sure somebody will pop up with a racist angle to this somewhere. sniffin! where are you?!

    August 14, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. RandyIA

    On other sites, it stated that the sentencing for his wife was lenient because they have children. Next time I steal $750,000 I want a lenient sentence because I have kids. This is just politicians taking care of their own.

    August 14, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. PJ

    "so did they have to repay all the money they stole..........30 months?............Democrats just looooovee criminals"
    ---
    Tom Delay: 3 years in prison, 10 years "community service", no money paid back. Republicans just loooooovee
    criminals". But that's OK, he's a Republican, the "Hammer" to be exact.

    Criminals on both sides of the aisle, some people just don't want to recognize that- it interferes with their
    one-sided commentary.

    August 14, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Donna

    Where is the good old fashioned public humiliation? Where is the perp walk in hand cuffs and orange jump suit? The average Joe gets to experience this, why not them? Where is the numbered mug shot? That picture should now be the official picture used for these criminals. No more glamour shots CNN.

    August 14, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    maybe obama can pardon him? i'm sure this was all a little mistake. or maybe eric holder can unilaterally decide that this sentence is too long and have him released? i'm sure somebody will pop up with a racist angle to this somewhere. sniffin! where are you?!
    ********
    Nah, we'll leave the racist angle to your good friend and fellow secessionist, Ricky McDaniel. By the way, how are the investigation into Bob McDonnell and Scott Walker going? You seem to be remarkabley silent on those. And, before you start, I'm no fan of Weiner, Spitzer, or anyone else who so blatantly soils the public trust regardless of party. Its too bad your powers of pi$$ and vinegar don't extend to your own side, but you've spent so much time cosntructing that little alternate reality for youself I doubt you could admmit your boys do no wrong. Remember Duke Cunningham? Bob Ney? Chris Lee? Mark Foley? David Vitter? Larry Craig? John Ensign? How about Tom Delay? How about Bob Packwood? The List of GOP felons and perverts is at least as long as the Democrats, if not longer, yet their names are always absent: why is that? Selective outrage and morality seems to be your problem.

    August 14, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    Thank you Tom Paine. And if I may add, the MSM seems remarkably silent about the GOP criminals also.

    August 14, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Please stick to the facts

    PJ
    -
    Tom Delay: 3 years in prison, 10 years "community service", no money paid back. Republicans just loooooovee
    criminals". But that's OK, he's a Republican, the "Hammer" to be exact.
    --

    His case is still under appeal I believe. To date he hasn't served a day in prison that I am aware of. He didn't steal money for personal use so nothing needed to be repaid. You might want to get your facts straight before posting. It just makes you look like a leftist liar.

    August 14, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @RandyIA – "On other sites, it stated that the sentencing for his wife was lenient because they have children. Next time I steal $750,000 I want a lenient sentence because I have kids. This is just politicians taking care of their own."
    ****************************************************************
    Tell me, what's the average sentence handed down to the hundreds of people who perpetrated the massive series of frauds that nearly brought down the world's economy? It probably would have to be measured in days, not weeks or months. Virtually, all of them walked... and kept all the ill-gotten gains to boot, while our economy and millions of Americans are still suffering the consequences.

    But don't worry, we're all safe because we put no violent small time drug offenders (users, not dealers) away for years. There's profits in them there prisons.

    August 14, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |