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    In separate hearings on Wednesday, Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson, each entered guilty pleas to federal charges. Phil Rogers reports. (Published Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013)

    One of the people accompanying Jesse Jackson Jr. into federal court Wednesday has been dubbed Washington's ultimate fixer.

    Judy Smith was the inspiration for the lead character of the TV show “Scandal,” produced by University Park, Ill., native Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington.

    Jacksons Plead Guilty

    [CHI] Jacksons Plead Guilty
    In separate hearings on Wednesday, Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson, each entered guilty pleas to federal charges. Phil Rogers reports. (Published Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013)

    Smith, co-executive producer of the series, is the founder of Smith & Company, a full-service crisis management and communications firm whose clients have included Monica Lewinsky, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

    Smith most recently worked with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who touched off the David Petraeus sex scandal.

    Health Issues Related To JJJ's 'Present Predicament'

    [CHI] Health Issues Related To Jackson's 'Present Predicament': Attorney
    Jesse Jackson Jr.'s attorney, Reid Weingarten, told reporters Jackson has "serious health issues" that have been discussed with the courts. "Those health issues are directly related to his present predicament," he said. "That's not an excuse, it's just a fact." (Published Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013)

    Jackson pleaded guilty Wednesday to spending campaign money for his own use. He faces nearly five years in prison.