Jesse Jackson Jr And Ex-Wife Face Federal Charges


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As if his fall from grace wasn’t bad enough, Jesse Jackson Jr and his wife are facing Federal charges that they used $750 thousand dollars from his campaign fund to buy elaborate gifts including a $43,000 gold Rolex watch and $9,857 in children’s furniture.   Federal prosecutors filed one charge of conspiracy against the former Chicago congressman and charged his ex-wife, Sandra, with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received.  Both have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors.  In a written statement, the former Congress man said, “I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made.  I want to offer my sincerest apologies for my error in judgement.”  Is stealing money from people who believe in you and want to see you elected as their representative, an error in judgement?  He’s a thief and deserves absolutely no sympathy or forgiveness.  He breached the public trust and he is a disgrace to his family and to the Jackson name.  In the plea agreement, published reports have said Jackson could get anywhere from 46 to 57 months in prison but that has not been confirmed. The prosecutors’ court filing said that upon conviction, Jackson must forfeit $750,000, plus tens of thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia items and furs. Some of the memorabilia includes Martin Luther King memorabilia, a football signed by U.S. presidents, a Michael Jackson fedora and Bruce Lee memorabilia.  His ex-wife Sandra could receive up to 3 years in prison but it’s unlikely she will be incarcerated for that long.  In his statement, Jackson Jr said that while his “journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for things that I did right.”  What he fails to realize, is doing right while committing a crime, is not a “get out of jail free” card.  All the right doesn’t excuse all of the wrong.  As this widely used aphorism states, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  His life journey might not yet be complete but his political journey is over.

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