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 |
WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and his wife, former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty Wednesday in what prosecutors said was a conspiracy to siphon about $750,000 in federal campaign funds for their personal use. Jackson entered a negotiated plea of guilty on one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, wire fraud and mail fraud. He could face years in prison when he is sentenced this summer. Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to a charge of willingly filing a false tax return, tied to the same allegations that the couple repeatedly tapped the former congressman's campaign fund, used the money for personal expenses and then made fraudulent campaign and tax disclosures to cover up the misconduct.
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.
July 5, 2012 |
A week after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced he was taking a leave of absence, his office released a statement Thursday saying his condition is "more serious than initially believed" and that he is being treated at an "in-patient facility. " In a statement that contained few details, the Illinois Democrat's office said: "Recently we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time. According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter.