Jesse Jackson Jr. Strikes Plea Deal, May Face Jail
Former congressman accused of misusing campaign funds
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2013 12:28 PM CST
A 2011 file photo of Jesse Jackson Jr. in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Jesse Jackson Jr. has struck a deal on federal charges that he used campaign contributions for personal expenses, reports NBC Chicago. He will have to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the big question is whether Jackson is headed to jail. NBC says it's up to a federal judge, but the Chicago Sun-Times says the deal involves at least some time in a federal prison. Also unclear is whether Jackson's wife will face penalties. Jackson resigned from Congress a few months ago amid the inquiry and his battle with bipolar disorder.

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Feb 10, 2013 10:39 AM CST
Jesse Jr is a lying, cheating, spoiled, arrogant little brat who needs to be in prison. Faking a mental illness to avoid prosecution should also be a reason to put him in jail. I say good riddance, to him and his Chicago Alderman wife. Both of them are useless individuals, just like Jesse Sr.
Feb 9, 2013 9:56 PM CST
I guess his old man Jesse Hijackson threatened some official with a boycott or some such threat if the kid wasn't let off the hook? Jail time? A three day suspended sentence and made to promise not to accept any bribes for 24 hours?
Feb 9, 2013 10:06 AM CST
May face jail time? He should face jail time! Another political joke. NO surprise here with this one. HIS father is one of the biggest racist in the U.S. He wants to keep that ball rolling. That is $ in the bank for him. Why can't people see them for what they really are? WAKE UP AMERICA!