The Jacksons 'Got Off Easy'
John Kass: They know this wasn't even 'a sharp slap on the wrist'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – The Jacksons both cried yesterday as they were sentenced to prison for plundering $750,000 from Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign fund, but don't let that fool you, writes John Kass in the Chicago Tribune. Both Jacksons graduated from law school; both are experienced politicos. Therefore both of them know they "got off easy," Kass writes. The judge "didn't bring her federal hammer down. She didn't throw the book at them. She didn't even give them a sharp slap on the wrist. ... This is not a tragedy for the Jacksons. It's a victory."

Don't believe Kass? He suggests you go ahead and try stealing $10,000, or even a few hundred bucks from your local gas station, and see what kind of sentence you receive—and what kind of lawyer you get (the Jacksons had "high-priced legal talent working pro bono"). Nothing about that hypothetical situation would end up as cushy as the Jacksons had it, and will continue to have it, Kass writes. He also takes issue with one of those high-priced lawyers, who suggested that stealing campaign cash is a victimless crime. If that's true, then a campaign fund is "nothing but a box full of bribes." Click for his full column.

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Aug 19, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
The scum got off way too easy. They should have given him extra time for trying that bipolar crap.
Aug 18, 2013 5:50 PM CDT
The Jacksons 'Got Off Easy' No kidding. If I had done that they would've thrown me in jail and "lost" the key for the rest of my life!
Aug 18, 2013 2:42 PM CDT
Is the good reverand Jesse Jackson sr. out there protesting this is racial discrimination of his son?