WASHINGTON — The Jesse Jackson Jr. saga of the past several years has come to a brief close, now that he has been sentenced for 30 months in prison.
Reuters reports that Jackson Jr. had misused up to $750,000 of his campaign funds for personal use. Both him and his wife received relatively light sentences, where prosecutors had asked for at least four years, not 2 1/2, for Jesse Jackson Jr. and at least a year for his wife Sandi.
He was erratic for the past year. He disappeared in the summer of 2012 and checked himself in for bipolar disorder treatment, but his staff mysteriously kept a tight lid on it and said it was a “mood disorder” and “exhaustion”.
The liberal mainstream media seemed hesitant to report it, as he is the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson Sr. The son pleaded guilty to misusing the funds on fur capes, celebrity memorabilia and other such items. He apparently teared up and cried while he apologized for his decision.
His wife Sandi was also sentenced, but to a year for falsifying tax returns that did not report the campaign money as income. She had served as a Chicago city council member.
Jackson Jr. said, “I misled the American people…I also want to apologize to my dad and my mother…I take responsibility for my actions and I’m very sorry for what I have done”.