Rev. Jesse Jackson stands behind son

The Reverend Jesse Jackson is speaking out about his son’s guilty plea to federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

The younger Jackson, who is the former U.S. Representative from Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, admitted in court to misusing campaign funds.

His father tells CNN it’s a tough matter for the family to deal with.  “It is a very painful moment.  It’s a sad chapter.  Perhaps not the last chapter.  He has been quite contrite, accepted his responsibility, did not lean on his sickness, his bipolar disorder, which has been considerable.  He said I faced the consequences of my decisions and I think he’s standing up with dignity, fighting these odds.  I love him so much and still very proud of him yet.”

Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be sentenced in June.  The judge suggested both the prosecutor and defense may recommend a sentence lighter than the maximum five years.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty last week to filing federal tax returns.  She will be sentenced in July.

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33 comments

  • Afraid of Society

    Sr. is proud of a thief who was entrusted by the people and fell down on his morals. What a great role model Dad! It is true that all the problems start in the home. Here and with all the gangbangers. FUBAR

  • peachfuzz1954

    Reverend Jesse Jackson? Just what is he a "reverend of? What church does he "reverend"? I've known about Jackson for years, & I have never heard of him "reverending" ANY church? He's nothing but a "photo-ops" hog.

  • MLK DAY

    But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
    In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
    But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

    • had enough

      As a white I have to work to pay for you food stamps. I have to work to pay for all of your bastard children. I have to work to pay the medical care for you. I have to work so I can pay for all your children to have meals at school. Until you get a job (gangs are not really considered a job) I will have to keep on working.

      • lovingmommy

        I AGREE with "had enough." i am not racist, but all you people talk about how you are not equal and how you still have not acheived freedom. keep doing stupid things like the killing of that poor little boy in Maywood! Keep up the shootings on 63rd and Ashland in Chicago. keep having kids without a baby daddy in the picture, living off foodstamps, while the WORKING class support you all with our tax money! I am not able to get the medical card, food stamps or even help with hospital bills because i dont QUALIFY." That is not fair! you want equality, you need to start earning it. you want freedom? nobody is holding you back to become better people. So cut the crap with this race card, non-equality preaching. Prove yourselves to be better people because other are TIRED of feeling sorry for you!

    • MLK DAY

      But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

    • MLK DAY

      But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
      In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
      But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
      one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

  • MLK DAY

    But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
    In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
    But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

  • Re-Joyce

    Imagine some foul and putrid corpse that has lain rotting and decomposing in the grave, a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption. Imagine such a corpse a prey to flames, devoured by the fire of burning brimstone and giving off dense choking fumes of nauseous loathsome decomposition. And then imagine this sickening stench, multiplied a millionfold and a millionfold again from the millions upon millions of fetid carcasses massed together in the reeking darkness, a huge and rotting human fungus. Imagine all this, and you will have some idea of the horror of the stench of hell.

  • Re-Joyce

    To ourselves… new paganism… omphalos.
    —Let him stay, Stephen said. There's nothing wrong with him except at night.
    —Then what is it? Buck Mulligan asked impatiently. Cough it up. I'm quite frank with you. What have you against me now?
    They halted, looking towards the blunt cape of Bray Head that lay on the water like the snout of a sleeping whale. Stephen freed his arm quietly.
    —Do you wish me to tell you? he asked.
    —Yes, what is it? Buck Mulligan answered. I don't remember anything.
    He looked in Stephen's face as he spoke. A light wind passed his brow, fanning softly his fair uncombed hair and stirring silver points of anxiety in his eyes.
    Stephen, depressed by his own voice, said:
    —Do you remember the first day I went to your house after my mother's death?
    Buck Mulligan frowned quickly and said:
    —What? Where? I can't remember anything. I remember only ideas and sensations. Why? What happened in the name of God?
    —You were making tea, Stephen said, and went across the landing to get more hot water. Your mother and some visitor came out of the drawingroom. She asked you who was in your room.
    —Yes? Buck Mulligan said. What did I say? I forget.
    —You said, Stephen answered, O, it's only Dedalus whose mother is beastly dead.
    A flush which made him seem younger and more engaging rose to Buck Mulligan's cheek.
    —Did I say that? he asked. Well? What harm is that?
    He shook his constraint from him nervously.

  • Jeff H

    God bless this family. Forgiveness and love is the only way. I am as conservative as anyone can be because it promotes people helping people, not the government, but compassion and love is the answer, not hateful words.

  • bozo

    Does the "Reverend" also stand behind his illegitimate daughter "Ashley" ??

    If you google it up you will find that, according to Los Angeles court records, the "reverend" is seriously behind on child support payments.

  • OMG

    Way to go Rev JJ – you are a crook and you stand behind your crook of a son. Rev JJ has a baby out of wedlock and they throw a "we love you JJ" rally. What is that? Crooks Crooks Crooks. Ambulance Chaser. I'm tired of them!

  • sadsack

    Well just goes to show the N((& will do what a N*(&()& will do ….Like father like son………The old man has 2 familys the kid has to jail dates…..Have to love this one…..Goes to show a travel show the jackson are ………….This is a rally family guy hehehehehehehe esxcept this one is black face and sorry he got caught…………..What a Obama mommys boy this guy is …..

  • kirby1414

    What is the point of these people posting the same post over and over again??? If they are trying to make a point – their point must be: I have a mental condition and I have NOTHING better to do than re-post nonsense. Do they realize that NO one reads their useless rantings?? S T U P I D M O R O N S!!

  • G Washington

    Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years–a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one who (inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration) ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies. In this conflict of emotions all I dare aver is that it has been my faithful study to collect my duty from a just appreciation of every circumstance by which it might be affected. All I dare hope is that if, in executing this task, I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof of the confidence of my fellow-citizens, and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me, my error will be palliated by the motives which mislead me, and its consequences be judged by my country with some share of the partiality in which they originated.

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