It was confirmed today that the once promising politician and son of famed Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson, would plead guilty of fraud charges on Friday in D.C. Ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be pleading guilty of misusing campaign funds. In a separate case his wife Sandi will plead guilty of filing false tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011. Jesse Jackson Jr. faces a maximum of 5 years and his wife Sandi faces a maximum of 2 years.
Jesse Jackson Jr. served in Congress from the state of Illinois for 17 years. He was re-elected by his constituents despite the fact the he did not launch a campaign in 2012. During the campaign season Jesse Jackson Jr. was on a leave of absence from Congress while he was in and out of the Mayo Clinic being treated for exhaustion.
The pressures were undoubtedly mounting against the lawmaker as he was being investigated and threatened being brought up on ethics charges by his colleagues in the Congress. In an agreement with prosecutors he agreed to resign his seat in Congress in exchange for being allowed to negotiate a plea. His wife Sandi resigned her seat as an alderman in Chicago when it became clear that she was being charged for tax evasion.
"I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made," the ex-congressman said in a written statement released by his lawyers. "I want to offer my sincerest apologies ... for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for things that I did right."
The Jackson's lived a lavish life style and is accused of miss-appropriating $750,000 in campaign funds. Buying items such as furs and jewelry were his passion. He even had in his possession items once belonging to Michael Jackson.
A special election is scheduled to fill his vacated seat in Congress, but according to many in his district the seat has been vacant for quite some time. Jesse Jackson Jr. despite being married was known around D.C. to be "quite a partier." Many of his neighbors reported that during his fall from grace he would sit on the porch and smoke cigars. Many others would claim to have seen him in a bar. Despite his troubles and the fact that he hadn't been to his district in quite some time, the people in his district still loved him. The fact that his constituents would re-elect him speaks for itself.