June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and attorney Vernon Jordan are the latest high-profile people to show support for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who will be sentenced July 3 for looting his campaign treasury of about $750,000. Letters from the two were filed Friday in federal court. Smiley, who hosts “Tavis Smiley,” which airs on PBS, said when he spoke recently to Jackson, “the first words out of his mouth were an acknowledgment and apology for letting me and so many others down.” He told the sentencing judge that he'd known Jackson most of his life.
February 20, 2013 |
The Shakespearean tragedy that was the life of Jesse Jackson Jr. came to its expected denouement Wednesday when the former Illinois congressman entered a guilty plea in federal court to a charge that he conspired to misuse more than $750,000 in campaign funds for his own benefit. With his father, Jesse Jackson, the prominent civil rights leader and former presidential aspirant looking on, the younger Jackson entered his plea. His wife, former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, is expected to plead guilty to filing false tax returns when she appears in court later.
February 15, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors in Washington on Friday charged both Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, alleging the former congressman misused $750,000 in campaign funds while she understated their income on tax returns for six years. Attorneys for Sandi Jackson issued a statement saying she has signed a plea deal with prosecutors and would plead guilty to tax fraud. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged in what is known as a criminal information, which typically signals that he, too, will plead guilty.
November 21, 2012 |
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on Wednesday, saying in a letter that he is cooperating with a federal investigation "into my activities" but blaming his health problems for his decision to step down just two weeks after his reelection. Jackson's letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner was his first acknowledgment of the ongoing corruption inquiry into his alleged misuse of campaign dollars. "I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone," Jackson said in the two-page letter dated Nov. 21. "None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right.
August 15, 2012 |
The Mayo Clinic announced this week that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who has been on medical leave since June, is at the facility in Rochester, Minn., being treated for a form of bipolar disorder known as bipolar II. The clinic's statement says describes bipolar II depression as “a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive.” A combination of genetic and environmental factors are thought to...
July 11, 2012 |
Not that he's missing much given the pointless political "show" votes currently dominating the House of Representatives, but Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s apparent disappearance is giving folks in his district heartburn. The Democratic congressman from Illinois hasn't been seen publicly since announcing a medical leave of absence a month ago, prompting his home-state senator, fellow Democrat Dick Durbin, to call for some clarity. "As a public official, there comes a point where you have a responsibility to tell the public what's going on," Durbin said Monday.