When you fall from grace, sometimes it’s a long way down. And thus, Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., found out today when he was sentenced to thirty months in prison for the misuse of campaign donations.
He also learned a very valuable lesson, bipolar disease is not a defense to stealing.
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USA Today reports that former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for using $750,000 in campaign money for living expenses, clothes and luxury items.
Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, used campaign funds as a “personal piggy bank,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told him. “There may be gray areas in campaign finance. This case did not come near to those areas.”
“As a public official, you are supposed to live up to a higher standard of ethics and integrity,” said Jackson, no relation to the former congressman.
Sandi Jackson received a 12-month prison term.Read the whole story at http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/08/14/jesse-jackson-sentenced-sandi-jackson-misusing-campaign-funds/2650453/