Apparently, having the name Jesse Jackson doesn’t guarantee you’ll get away with gaming the system every time.
Unlike his shakedown artist father, former U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy and wire and mail fraud, before a federal judge in Washington.
The case against Jackson centered on allegations that he stole more than $750,000 in campaign funds. Today, the theft went from presumption to fact, with the 47-year-old ex-congressman stating unequivocally, “I am guilty, your honor,” adding:
I used money I shouldn’t have … for personal reasons. I acknowledge that. Tell everybody back home I’m sorry I let ‘em down, OK?
As part of the plea agreement, Jackson could face a jail sentence of up to 5 years. Both sides in the case, however, have reserved the right to argue for more — or less — jail time. The sentencing hearing is set for this summer.
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