Jackson’s lawyers ask judge for leniency

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Lawyers for former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. asked a judge for leniency when he is sentenced next month, saying he won’t be able to get the mental health care he needs if he’s sent to prison.

Jackson pleaded guilty to spending more than $750 thousand in campaign money on personal luxury items.

Prosecutors asked for a four-year sentence.

Jackson was treated for bipolar disorder.

His lawyers say, going to prison will make him more likely to relapse.

Jackson will be sentenced on July 3rd, the same day as his wife Sandi, who admitted to misreporting her income on tax returns.

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  • anonymous

    BS! This family is so corrupt! I have no faith in this system and these two idiots are going to walk. Mental health issues my ass. Sad very sad. If it was me I would already locked up. THROW THE BOOK AT THEM!!!

  • Marty

    This is the sme disorder that started when the fraud investigation started. This was a well planned out event by the Jackson family and his lawyers. The same disorder had no ill effects a Jackson when he was spending the money, drinking, seeing other women, and buying gifts for everyone. He needs a full term and he can deal with jail health care like the rest of us!

  • Fed Up

    Jesse Jackson needs to receive full punishment! He has betrayed the people he supposedly was fighting for. This will be a test of the American legal system — is it fair or do politics play a role.

  • Mike

    If he had never gotten caught, we would never have heard of his so called "illness". Sorry Charlie. Too late for my sympathy. I hope the crook gets what he deserves.