Sandi Jackson’s lawyer asks for probation

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After a brief recess, the court is now focused on former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, who has pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

Jackson has been wiping tears from her eyes as her Attorney Dan Webb explains to the judge his reasons Sandi should receive probation.

Webb told the court that Jackson’s character and service as a 7th Ward Alderman should be taken into consideration. Reading quotes and letters from Sandi’s friends and colleagues, Webb told the judge her “leadership and dedication for the disadvantage is second to none.”

“If a jail sentence is imposed on Sandi Jackson, there will be enormous harm to the children who will lose their mother,” he said.

Webb said Jesse and Sandi’s children “need Sandi Jackson’s love and support and her nurturing…they need it now.”

Webb said Sandi’s “overwhelming compulsion to admit that she was wrong” took place within three to four weeks, Webb said, and he has never had a case move that fast.   He said it is because she “accepted responsibility.”

–Reporting by WGN-TV Producer Kelly Barnicle

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