Jacksons, set for sentencing, tell court of preferences
August 13th, 2013
03:11 PM ET
9 years ago

Jacksons, set for sentencing, tell court of preferences

(CNN) – A Washington-based charity wrote in a letter to a federal judge Tuesday it was interested in hosting former Chicago Alderman Sandra Jackson "in her performance of community service" as part of a potential sentence for filing false tax returns.

The letter came the day before Jackson, along with her husband former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., are sentenced for their roles in misusing campaign funds to cover personal expenses.

The pair pleaded guilty in February to the various changes - Jesse Jackson Jr. to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements; and his wife to filing false tax returns.

The former Illinois congressman admitted to years of using campaign money to pay for things like vacations, restaurant bills and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Federal prosecutors wrote in a June sentencing document they wanted Jesse Jackson Jr. to receive four years in prison for the violation, though Jackson Jr.'s lawyers asked for a jail term below the guideline range of 46-57 months.

In a letter to the court Monday, the former congressman's legal team requested he be jailed at federal correctional facilities either in Montgomery, Alabama, or Butner, North Carolina. The lawyers noted those facilities' proximity to Washington, D.C., where the Jacksons' children live.

In June government prosecutors said would recommend the Jacksons not serve their sentences at the same time because of their children. The proposal suggested Sandra serve first.

Prosecutors recommended Sandra Jackson serve an 18 month sentence and pay $168,550.01 in restitution, though her legal team recommended only probation.

In the letter Tuesday, a representative for Washington-based Martha's Table wrote the charity welcomed "the participation of Mrs. Jackson as a volunteer in the program."

Martha's Table provides food and clothing programs to Washingtonians, as well as education programs and initiatives meant to strengthen families.

CNN's Carol Cratty and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    They think they are SOOOO special, they get to CHOOSE their accommodations in prison?????

    That's simply INCREDIBLE!

    August 13, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Two more losers that need to go away! People like this really irk me. We have a segment of the population that think we are the worst criminals ever, then people like these two come along and drive the point home even further. Damn dude, your fathers name gave you a slight head start, but you had to turn around and blow that. Why not try to be the opposite of what the negative thinkers think of you???

    August 13, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. just saying

    weiner.... spitzer.... filner.... jackson jr..... our cup runneth o'er with democrat perverts and criminals!

    August 13, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Criminals come from both sides of the aisle dude. Governor probe, Cucinelli, Vitter and Sanford come to mind........

    August 13, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. ????

    Wow, another Democratic politician from Illinois goes to prison. It is starting to seem like a tradition.
    It is just a matter of time before Jesse, Sr. is in a cell with his son and daughter-in-law.

    August 13, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. bill pike

    choose which prison after stealing $750,000???? did i miss something???

    August 13, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. it must be said

    Thieves... common criminals. You don't get to choose your accomodations. It is not supposed to easy. Sit down, shut up and do your time where you are told to do your time.

    But I am sure Eric Holder will release them early under special secret changes dealing with releasing all Democrat criminals.

    August 13, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Boo

    Hey "just saying" – the republicans are hardly as pure as the driven snow....get real! Continue to live in your fantasyland...

    August 13, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Scott Farkas

    Filner – DEMOCRAT

    Weiner – DEMOCRAT

    Spitzer – DEMOCRAT

    Jackson, Jr. – DEMOCRAT

    August 13, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Steveo

    Does anybody else get preferences? Can't serve their sentence at the same time? Really? Let grand daddy watch the kids! I'm bettin' they did not think of their kids when they stole that money!

    August 13, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. anonymous

    I'm surprised they didn't ask for adjoining cells with a master bath and a river view and room service! Dang these Democrat criminals have a lot of gall!!

    August 13, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Tony D

    I can't believe Jesse Jackson Jr. has beat his old man to jail. Sr. has been involved in more shakedowns and extortions than anybody alive. Al Sharpton is a close second.

    August 13, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Dejuan Dewayne

    This was all a set up, he was framed by the racist white people. They made him steal that money and buy that Michael Jackson stuff.

    August 13, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |