Sentencing delayed for Jesse Jackson Jr., wife Sandi - New York News

Sentencing delayed for Jesse Jackson Jr., wife Sandi

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The federal sentencing for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson will not happen this week as scheduled.

Both Jackson and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, were to be sentenced Wednesday in a Washington D.C. courthouse.

An entry on the court docket says it was the judge -- and not the Jacksons or prosecutors -- who asked for a new date, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

The Jacksons were to be sentenced after looting the ex-Congressman's campaign fund over a series of years, illegally using the money to buy personal luxuries -- from a Rolex watch to fur coats and pricey vacations. Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty to looting his campaign account sentencing, and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, will not be sentenced this week as planned.

A new date will be set at a later date.

The couple pleaded guilty in February to looting their campaign funds of $750,000 over seven years. Sandi Jackson also faced income tax evasion charges.

Lawyers for both Jacksons, in asking for leniency, argued in memos filed last month -- supplemented with letters from constituents -- that they were worthy of shorter sentences because of all the "good works" they did while in public office.

In particular, Jesse Jackson Jr. cited his work on civil rights, bringing safer drinking water and federal funds to his South and South suburban district, addressing minority health disparities and securing funds for war-torn nations.

Rebuttal memos were due on Monday and federal prosecutors, in their replies said the Jacksons' do not deserve extra credit for doing their jobs.

"It is an elected official's job to perform good works on behalf of his constituents," prosecutors said in Jesse Jackson Jr.'s memo.

Making the same point for Sandi Jackson, they wrote she should not get less time "merely for doing her job as a public servant."

Prosecutors asked the judge for four years for the former lawmaker and 18 months for Sandi Jackson. Her attorneys on June 7 asked for probation; his lawyers pleaded for an unspecified shorter sentence.

In their rebuttal, prosecutors tore into another argument advanced by attorneys for Jesse Jackson Jr.: that his bipolar disorder justifies a shorter sentence.

Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Jr. provided skimpy evidence to back their mental illness claims, the prosecutors said.

Two doctors provided a combined "three-and-a-half pages of letters" in the June 7 memo that were "surprisingly bereft of detail about why the relief is warranted," the prosecutors wrote.

Earlier this year, prosecutors told Judge Jackson they may call their own witnesses to challenge any mental- illness claims the former lawmaker may make in asking for a reduced sentence.

But they did not and their Monday memo reveals the probable reason — the Jackson doctors put so little on the table that prosecutors did not have much to challenge to make their point.

The Jacksons have two children, 9 and 13, who attend private school in Washington D.C.

In order not to leave the children without a parent, the prosecutors are suggesting to the judge that Sandi Jackson go to prison first.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:43:52 GMT
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
  • Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:07:39 GMT
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
  • Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:13:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices