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Former Rep. Jackson and Wife Sentenced to Jail Terms

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 16, 2013

Rep Jesse JacksonLast year Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who represented a Chicago district, resigned after it became public that he was being investigated by the FBI for financial abuses of campaign funds.  Earlier this week Jackson and his wife had to pay the piper with Jackson receiving a two and half year prison term and his wife Sandi, a former Chicago alderman, a one year sentence for using $750,000 of campaign funds for personal use that included spa treatments, a $43,000 Rolex watch and televisions.

In handing down the sentence US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said: “This is a very sad day and a very difficult case.  You and your wife were running up credit-cards bills that you couldn’t pay, and you used the campaign funds as your personal piggy bank.…  This was a knowing, organized, joint misconduct that was repeated and covered up over many years.”  This is an unusually harsh critique given that Chicago politics is known for being unusually corrupt.

President Obama has in the past shown a willingness to publicly express moral outrage on various criminal issues.  It is unlikely that Obama will offer any comments concerning the corruption that is Chicago politics.

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