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Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson, arrive in court on Aug. 14 for sentencing.

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Jacksons to be Sentenced Wednesday

The former congressman in February pleaded guilty to charges he spent $750,000 of campaign cash on personal items, as well to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. His wife pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

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UPDATE: Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison and a 36-month term of supervised release for misusing $750,000 of campaign cash on personal items. Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson was sentenced to a year for tax fraud.

 


If Jesse Jackson Jr.'s federal sentencing judge accepts that his performance as a congressman outweighs his crime, she could give him probation for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.

The 48-year-old Illinois Democrat goes before the judge Wednesday in Washington. Prosecutors want a four-year prison term for Jackson.

Among the arguments defense attorneys make for leniency is that Jackson steered $1 billion in federal funds to his district.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson is no relation to the defendant. But the judge's own past suggests she might give consideration to the lawyers' arguments.

She was the attorney for former Congressman William Jefferson, a New Orleans Democrat convicted of bribery in 2009.

She asked for leniency for Jefferson by citing his public service. But in the end, Jefferson received a 13-year prison term.

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