Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) and Wife Sentenced to Federal Prison

From CNN:

“Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over crimes to finance lavish living, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.

“I misled the American people,” Jackson, 48, said before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed the term, which she said should be served in Alabama. The ex-Illinois lawmaker’s wife, Sandi, received a 12-month sentence for her role in her husband’s misuse of roughly $750,000 in campaign funds over several years.”

Well, it looks like Illinois is living up to its reputation. Last year the state had the dubious distinction of being the first in the nation to have two former governors behind bars. Those governors were Rod Blagojevich, who tried to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat, and George Ryan, who broke nearly every anti-corruption law possible. On top all of that, the representative that Jackson replaced was convicted of having sex with an underage staffer.

When sentencing Jackson, Judge Amy Berman admonished him by saying “You stand here not just because you violated the law, but because you violated the trust of the people of Chicago.”

“Your conduct stained not only your reputation,” the judge said, “but the way all elected officials are viewed.”

I would have to disagree with the Honorable Amy Berman. What Jackson and his wife did was wrong, but given the nature of Illinois politics I do not believe the people of Chicago had enough trust for anyone to violate.

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