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Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets 30 Months in Prison

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who had a promising political career, and a famous father, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $750,000 in campaign money, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I misled the American people, I misled the House of Representatives,” Jackson, 48, said in court. “I was wrong and I do not fault anyone.”

His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, was hit with a  12 month sentence, the paper reported.  The judge noted that she spent campaign funds that included $5,000 in furs and parkas “in one day.”

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Feds Want Jesse Jackson to Serve 4 Years in Prison

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
CHICAGO — Jesse Jackson Jr., who was a fixture of the political landscape here, and carried the mantal of an iconic name in the civil rights movement, may be going away to prison for a fair amount of time if federal prosecutors have their way.

NPR reports that federal prosecutors in D.C. filed a presentence memorandum Friday recommending four years in prison following his guilty plea this year on criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

NPR reported that the feds also suggested an 18-month sentence for Jackson’s wife, Sandra, who pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the couple’s income.

On top of that, the government wants Jackson to pay $750,000 in restitution to the campaign and that Sandra Jackson make a restitution payment of $168,000.

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Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty in Scheme Involving Campaign Cash

Steve Neavling 

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday for using campaign cash to buy personal items, including jewelry, fur capes and parkas, celebrity memorabilia, furniture and high-end electronics, the FBI said.

Jackson also admitted he tried to conceal illegal activities, such as false and misleading reports to the Federal Election Commission.

Jackson’s wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, who also was charged in the scheme, pleaded guilty to filing false tax return.

Jesse Jackson Jr. could be sentenced up to five years in prison on June 28.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Bites the Bullet and Cops Plea to Campaign Finance Violations

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Feds Investigating Jesse Jackson Jr. For Possible Misuse of Campaign Funds

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FBI Arrests Former Fundraiser for Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr.

Steve Neavling

A former campaign fundraiser for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was arrested Wednesday on charges he paid bribes and kickbacks related to his outpatient surgery centers, the Associated Press reports.

Raghuveer Nayak pleaded not guilty and was released on $10 million bond.

The FBI accuses him of bribing physicians for patient referrals and filing false federal income tax returns, according to the AP.

“Over the course of the scheme, Nayak paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to different physicians in exchange for the referrals that the physicians had made or would make to Nayak’s facilities,” according to the indictment. “As Nayak intended, the physicians materially deceived their patients by not disclosing to the patients that their physicians were being paid to make referrals to Nayak’s facilities.”

Prosecution Expected to Rest in Blago Retrial: Blago May Testify

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel

Well, that was quick.

After just 2 1/2 weeks of testimony, the prosecution in the federal retrial of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to rest its case on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The first trial took 11 weeks, most of which was taken up by the prosecution presenting it case centering on bribery allegations and Blago’s alleged attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Speculation continued this week as to whether the  ever-chatty Blago will testify on his own behalf, the Sun-Timengs reported.  He did not testify in the first trial in which the jury convicted him on only 1 of 24 counts, and that was for lying to the FBI.

The defense has indicated it might also call as witnesses Jesse Jackson Jr. and newly minted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Denies Scheme to Buy Senate Seat

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr./campaign photo

By Allan Lengel

The retrial of Rod Blagojevich is putting more people than just the  chatty ex-governor on the defensive.

The Chicago Sun-Times on Monday reported that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) adamantly denied that he had fundraisers offer Blago about $1 million in campaign contributions in exchange for getting the Senate seat vacated by President Obama. He made his statement after attending inauguration ceremonies for Mayor Emanuel and the new city council.

“I’ve committed and participated in no such scheme. It’s been a thorough investigation. And I think the investigation has revealed that,” Jackson said, according to the Sun-Times.

Jackson said he had no idea why an Indian businessmen Rajinder Bedi made the offer to the Blagojevich camp, and insisted he did not act on his direction.

Last week, fund-raiser and onetime state worker Rajinder Bedi testified in trial that fundraising and the senate seat were discussed at a breakfast on Oct. 28, 2008 with Jackson and another fund-raiser, Raghu Nayak, the Sun-Times reported.

That same day, Bedi met with the Blagojevich camp and offered $1 million in exchange for the senate appointment, the Sun-Times reported.