There is nothing official yet, and still some loose ends being tied up in Washington, but tonight, sources say there is a deal between former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal prosecutors that will put him behind bars.
There has been silence from Jackson Jr. and his attorneys, but negotiations appear to have ended with an agreement to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds.
It’s been nearly three months since Jackson Jr. resigned from congress, saying then that he would ‘accept responsibility’ for his mistakes.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. was mobbed during an appearance today, dealing with a barrage of questions about that reported deal between his son and the feds.
“I’m not going to discuss my son’s medical or legal situation. At the appropriate time it will be discussed,” Jackson Sr. said.
The 47-year-old ex-congressman’s former colleagues on Capitol Hill say they haven’t heard what the details are and they haven’t asked.
“I think they know that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of people who feel, as I have expressed, that they are so sorry. It’s so unfortunate that this scenario has developed,” said Congressman Danny Davis.
Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife former Alderman Sandi Jackson, have been neither seen nor heard from. There has been no activity around their South Side home. There has been no response from Jackson Jr.’s attorneys. Even the U.S. Attorney’s office will neither confirm nor deny that a deal has been made, but reports out of the nation’s capital indicate an agreement with federal prosecutors is now nearly a week old, and that the consequences range from probation to five years in prison, and that jail time is likely under a blind plea agreement that would leave the former congressman’s fate in the hands of a federal judge in Washington.
“If this is true, and this is what comes out, I think that probably Jackson’s lawyers have said we’ll roll the dice and take a chance with whatever judge we get,” said WGN Legal Analyst Terry Sullivan.
“It may very well be that he’s agreed to something with a promise, or maybe even an alleged promise from the government that says we may not proceed with Sandi. That’s pure speculation, but it would proceed, and that’s saving his wife,” said WGN Political Analyst Paul Lisnek.
Another unknown is the fate of Sandi Jackson. Jackson resigned from the city council last month, and is also under federal investigation.