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Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

Jesse Jackson Jr. has pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to misusing campaign funds.

His hearing began at 9:30 a.m. Chicago time.

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, arrived in federal court early Wednesday.

They have separate hearings but both are expected to plead guilty to federal charges.

A source tells WGN the judge in the case, Justice Robert Wilkins,  is good friends with the Clintons and the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. is accused of spending $750,000 in campaign cash on luxury items.  He could face up to five years in prison.

Sandi Jackson is charged with filling false tax returns.  She could be sentenced to up to three years.  She will appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

This is a developing story. More details as they become available.

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17 Comments to “Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds”

    Marty said:
    February 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    WE will wait and see how Jackson Sr. working the Pres and others in congress to take it easy on his son and wife. Maybe a nice golf club and easy duties. The trumped up medical issues came as the invest started and now he will use that as a need for a soft location. Dad beat his fraud way back when with that federal grant, why not the son and daughter too. Jackson Sr should be on the streets at night with Rev Sharpton stoping the shootings.

    bozo said:
    February 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I pray for a very long prison sentence.

      Toolbag said:
      February 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      You can stop praying for a long sentence. We already know the max will be five years so there ya go…in other news

    Dan said:
    February 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Our foodstamp President will pardon him …no worries for Jr.!!!

      sharong4 said:
      February 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      You are such an Asshole.

    jeff said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    kfc for homie……….. dont forget the link card !!!!!!!!!!!

    bubba said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    The judge is a good friend of the family that means he will not get nothing.

    jeff said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    yeah well the judge needs to watch his p's and q's………. because this i know somebody is as guilty as the offender they all have a pass …….a pass to corruption

      Toolbag said:
      February 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      The judge already offered to recuse himself from this case. I believe he is above board.

    truegrit said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Food stamps were around a longggg time before President Obama. Check your statistics. There are more White people on food stamps/LINK card than Black people simply because there are more White people in the USA. Didja know that?

      Lloyd Christmas said:
      February 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Except the white people need actually need the help. African Americans use their food stamps and link cards to pay their rent (which is already mostly paid for by the government)! And the scumbag landlords are just as guilty because they are the ones accepting it. DIDJA KNOW THAT!!!

      jeff said:
      February 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      yup because my job wasn't taxed to death i would enough to afford a house and have a car loan but you rape the jobs who cant make the minimum taxes and pay decent wages. yet hire illegals… try to now chase them for taxes they are evading……….. this state is upside down in everything. can't figure out which ways out ……its karma for this state for the bad they did to the innocent………… end of discussion

    kid1339 said:
    February 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I lived in Fl. for a few years At the end of the month you could buy food stamps twenty five cents on the dollar .That was in cert-on parts of town.

    Dan said:
    February 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Fear not!! foodstamp President will heal us all!! and Jesse Jr will become the new "free Iphone czar in Obamas third term.

    kid1339 said:
    February 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I don't think we will make to the end of the second term ! The big O don't know much about the Pres .

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