Former congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. gets 30 months in jail

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., convicted of misusing $750,000 in campaign contributions, was sentenced to 30 months in jail yesterday. His wife, a former Chicago city councilwoman, was sentenced to a year in prison for falsifying tax returns. Reuters: Jackson, a former Democratic representative and the son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., apologized before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced him on Wednesday. Jackson, 48, had pleaded guilty in February to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds on luxuries such as fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and a Rolex watch. "I misled the American people," Jackson said at the hearing. "I also want to apologize to my dad and my mother," Jackson said, wiping away tears. "I take responsibility for my actions and I'm very sorry for what I have done," he said. His wife, Sandi, a former Chicago city council member, was sentenced to one year for falsifying tax returns that...(Read Full Post)