Saturday 16 December 2017

Son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson Jr misused $750k of campaign cash

David Ingram

FORMER U.S. congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of a civil rights leader and a one-time rising star in Democratic politics, pleaded guilty today to misusing about $750,000 in campaign money.

Jackson, 47, of Chicago, wept quietly as he entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Washington, where Judge Robert Wilkins accepted the plea.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Jackson faces up to five years - the maximum prison sentence allowed by law.

Wilkins scheduled sentencing for June 28.


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