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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:16 PM

 

Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with campaign fraud

Source: Chicago Tribune

By Katherine Skiba
Tribune reporter
3:06 p.m. CST, February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds.

Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Typically, federal prosecutors use an information to charge defendants when a plea deal has been negotiated.

Jesse Jackson is accused of diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.

Jackson stepped down from the House of Representatives on Nov. 21, citing both his poor health and an ongoing federal probe of his activities. In a statement then, he said he was doing his best to cooperate with federal investigators and to accept responsibility for his “mistakes.”

In a statement today, Jackson said:

“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right.”

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jackson-charges-20130215,0,319725.story

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Reply Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with campaign fraud (Original post)
BVictor1 Feb 2013 OP
alp227 Feb 2013 #1
question everything Feb 2013 #43
graham4anything Feb 2013 #2
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #3
Throd Feb 2013 #5
840high Feb 2013 #44
Light House Feb 2013 #7
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #15
Psephos Feb 2013 #16
graham4anything Feb 2013 #24
exboyfil Feb 2013 #26
graham4anything Feb 2013 #27
exboyfil Feb 2013 #28
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #29
graham4anything Feb 2013 #30
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #31
graham4anything Feb 2013 #32
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #34
exboyfil Feb 2013 #35
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #36
Exultant Democracy Feb 2013 #39
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #41
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #37
graham4anything Feb 2013 #38
840high Feb 2013 #45
graham4anything Feb 2013 #47
midwest irish Feb 2013 #21
graham4anything Feb 2013 #33
former9thward Feb 2013 #4
graham4anything Feb 2013 #6
Berkely75 Feb 2013 #8
graham4anything Feb 2013 #9
alp227 Feb 2013 #17
The Magistrate Feb 2013 #10
Trascoli Feb 2013 #11
marshall Feb 2013 #22
---------- Feb 2013 #12
frazzled Feb 2013 #18
politicat Feb 2013 #23
840high Feb 2013 #46
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #13
Beacool Feb 2013 #14
slackmaster Feb 2013 #19
kwassa Feb 2013 #20
ripcord Feb 2013 #25
Bradical79 Feb 2013 #40
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #42

Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:47 PM

1. He should've at least withdrawn from the election like Robert Toricelli did.

As Toricelli was under federal investigation in 2002, Toricelli's withdrawal from the 2002 election is why Democrat Frank Lautenberg won over the Republican challenger in the election, despite a New Jersey Republican Party lawsuit that failed to remove Lautenberg's name on technical grounds. If Jackson did the right thing and chose to retire after his term or resign once he realized he'd be indefinitely out of work, the people of his district would have somebody representing them right now. Sadly, the people of Illinois's 2nd congressional district are currently suffering from taxation without representation.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:49 PM

43. He should not have run because he was AWOL

for six months, not exactly serving his constituents.

And it is a bad sign for his constituents who actually voted for him. I suspect that if the elections were held next week, he would still be elected.

I remember in the 70s, "60 Minutes" would air a corruption story about a politician who would promptly then be re-elected. At the time I thought it was typical for the South. I think it is true all over. "He is our representative no matter what the 'media elite' says."

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 05:52 PM

2. President Obama should commute his sentence like Bush did to Scooter Libby

 

being that Libby's crimes were far, far worse and put people's lives in danger.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:35 PM

3. The President won't get involved in it.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:58 PM

5. How about he face the music like an adult?

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Response to Throd (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:03 AM

44. Absolutely.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:09 PM

7. President Obama should not get involved in this at all.

 

This would give the rethugs a talking point no matter what the hypocrisy is.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:44 PM

15. Bush didn't commute Scooter's sentence, did he? nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:45 PM

16. He commuted the prison sentence, but did not pardon him.

Libby remained a convicted felon, and still had to pay the $250,000 fine and be on probation for two years.

But he didn't have to go to prison.

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Response to Psephos (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:33 AM

24. As said, that is what President Obama should do. Didn't absolve the guilt, just the sentence.

 

House arrest, ankle bracelet, rehab etc.

It's not like he is going to do it again, therefore, there is no need for prison.

Prison is suppose to be rehab.

It's not like he was a mad terroristic cop who shot up a police force.

This isn't a grey area, it's a black and white issue anyhow.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:10 AM

26. He is no different than any other criminal

Handle him that way. I don't care who his father is. I am surprised the board is promoting less than class and status blind justice. If you steal nearly a $1M you should expect to do prison time. Just because someone else got off in the previous administration does not reduce your responsibility to administer justice fairly. A family member of mine stole a $1M and went to prison for six plus years (sentenced to 13 years). That seems about right. I only thought about mercy for her, but I knew that justice trumps that. If not you cannot have a civilized society.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:14 AM

27. White collar crime should not have jail at all.

 

There are better ways of handling it.

Make white collar criminals clean the streets or do community service that matters.

If one thinks white collar criminals don't care about the poor, then make them work in the poorest communities, or house them there.

put a ring around it.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:05 PM

28. I agree with housing white collar with other

non-violent offenders, but that is the far as I will go. I would support work camps and some of the other suggestions, but for the punishment to have bite (and deterrence) they need to be pulled out of their current life. I don't agree with Club Fed especially (they should live at best like I did when I was in college - no air conditioning, two person room, communal showers, limited athletic opportunities (ie no golf courses to maintain). I am not sure prisoners are worth much more than picking up trash - you would have to build some sort of incentive structure for it to work. I sure would not want criminals around my children for example (ie community service).

I feel far more sympathy for drug users and probably more for low level dealers than I do someone who steals using their position.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:09 PM

29. Unless you are supporting the death penalty for them air conditioning is

pretty much needed in some parts of the country at certain times of the year.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:37 PM

30. Air conditioning was only around a few decades now. I remember when it wasn't widely used.

 

and what does air conditioning have to do with anything?

School kids are out in all kinds of weather and the rich love to go to football games at Giants Stadium and freeze their a's off in the dead of winter or the heat of summer.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #30)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:43 PM

31. The discussion is about prisons though which in some parts of the country can

become death coffins if not climate controlled just like schools potentially could be if they werent provided with AC considering how they are built these days.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:55 PM

32. I have been in Florida for weeks in August with no airconditioning as recent as 1980

 

and with people who were in their 80s there.

They never had air conditioning nor did they want it.

Yes, I felt hot, but nobody died.

Life goes on without air conditioning.

(same as I spent 9 days without power during Sandy and on some nights it was freezing.
Added another blanket and woke up fine the next morning.)

Most people in the world don't have air conditioning. In some places its alot hotter than anywhere in the USA.

Putting a white collar criminal with violent criminals is cruel punishment.

Which is why better use of tax payer money is not putting white collar criminals in jail.
Look at NYC and how Bloomberg now is not going to jail casual drug users overnight anymore.

Punishment is so one doesn't do it again. Not for vengence.
Vengence is archaic and mean spirited.

If not for the smears, his father would have been president, and he would have been living in the white house after that.
So I blame those that smeared his father and Jerry Brown.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #32)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:18 PM

34. Just because you didnt die doesnt mean others didnt, in fact there were a number of deaths

just last year due to the heat and to pretend otherwise is silly.
I'm not saying though that prisoners shouldnt work though like say road crews as one example just that if you confine them inside buildings during 100+ degree temps providing them AC is the humane thing to do.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:52 PM

35. I grant you in the sun belt AC

but I went through two summers in an Indiana dorm without AC. It can be done.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #35)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:20 PM

36. Yet then there are the times the heat in Indiana wins

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #27)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:58 AM

39. +100. Only the dangerous need to be locked away, we can find better solutions for everyone else.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #27)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:44 PM

41. White collar criminals should have to work minimum wage jobs for 20 years. nt

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:01 PM

37. Why would Obama do that? Besides, he can't do that w/o repercussions for another 4 years. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #37)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:28 AM

38. A president can. However, its just me and if he doesn't, he doesn't. I am not an absolutist.

 

I don't demand a president do anything or whine about.
I am just giving a personal opinion.

But a president can do whatever, whenever, and there are no consequences. And I don't think any of his core fans, like myself would be against it.
The people who would would be the same old same old, and well, the tea party and libertarians and republicans are not my concern.

Again, he is not running again, and it matters little.And it wouldn't prevent him from being on the US Supreme Court in 2018 when nominated by President Hillary Clinton as it is consittutionally allowed.

But it is why JacksonJr. and Siegleman will just have to serve the sentences they were given.
Commuting the sentence of either does mean using some capital, and well, I would rather give 100% amnesty to all those in US now, and 100% citizenship without question.That is more important in the long run.

With any luck the judge will give a few year sentence, time off for having resigned his post
and in 18 months he will be out. Or perhaps home confinement.

Again, unlike others I am not an absolutist and don't whine if I don't get my oatmeal.

It's that acceptance thingy.
I accept what I have no power to change.

I would give the commution of the sentence just to irritate the haters.
But I don't whine if not given the opportunity.

Look at George Bush41. He gave himself a pardon and made going back and looking at Iran/Contra impossible. Ford gave Nixon a complete pardon before any crime was even charged. And he was never elected President, yet had that right.

Look at the ACLU, they got Jolly Ollie off the hook, because of something the republicans
had set up prehand knowing it, and called the ACLU whom they hate to weasel out of it,
and it worked.

And what Scooter Libby did is a million times worse than a few bucks Jesse Jr. is ALLEGED to have misquoted.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:05 AM

45. He's a criminal Treat

him as any criminal.

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Response to 840high (Reply #45)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:02 AM

47. Which is why Scooter Libby's sentence is appropriate. Libby did far, far, far worse.

 

and someone who did less should not serve more than Scooter Libby who is white,
just because he is black.

Libby set the standard for jail time.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:30 AM

21. There was some legal reason behind

 

not giving a full pardon. I cant remember it exactly. Wish I could. I do remember exactly where I was when I heard it on NPR. It was something like it wouldnt make him liable/accountable for something so it was actually a better deal. Plus the donations from the crazies to his "relief" fund made sure he wouldnt pay a dime.

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Response to midwest irish (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:56 PM

33. Bush did not want to let him off legally for his crimes as he was guilty.

 

But he let him out of serving and to this day he cannot practice law.

It set off a big fight between Bush and Cheney that exists to this day.

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:51 PM

4. He took his wife down with him.

I can't get the link to work but she was charged with filing false tax returns for several years.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:08 PM

6. As he took a deal, he could not not talk.

 

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:12 PM

8. 0. Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with campaign fraud

No surprise here I suppose.

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Response to Berkely75 (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:15 PM

9. Jesse Jackson3rd.

 

His father is the Rev. Jesse Jackson 2nd who's father was Sr.

Rev. Jackson is one of the true great Americans of all time, and should have been Vice President if not President.

Without the smear, Jerry Brown and Jesse Jackson might have won.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:11 PM

17. No, the reverend is the senior.

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Response to Berkely75 (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:39 PM

10. Why Would You say That, Fella?

"Enquiring minds want to know!"

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:44 PM

11. Given the condition of his health

 

I'm not sure he knew what was going on

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Response to Trascoli (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:39 AM

22. Then he should have plead insanity

Or diminished capacity or whatever they call it in Illinois.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:50 PM

18. Yeah, and Bruce Lee memorabilia

That really got my goat. I mean, stealing campaign money to buy this kind of useless crap is what hurts. I'm trying to imagine how I would feel if I could envision something he could have stolen campaign money for that would seem less stupid and frivolous. But I can't think of what that might be. Maybe I'd be more sympathetic if he'd just gotten in over his head on a mortgage, and needed to save face or something. But gold Rolexes and Bruce Lee crap? It's embarrassing.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:21 AM

23. That sounds like a manic episode.

Not excusing it because being in the manic phase does not preclude the knowledge of right and wrong, but mania does make people think they're invincible. It also causes massively bad judgement at times. And I don't mean the bad judgement of cheesecake for supper. I mean NASCAR on the freeway, walking on water, betting everything on roulette bad judgement.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:07 AM

46. I read that wife

bought fur coats.

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:19 PM

13. No party is immune from corruption

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:24 PM

14. I don't feel sorry for him, he did it to himself.

There's "human frailties" and then there's conniving, criminal behavior. Human frailty would have been cheating on his wife, not stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from people who trusted him.

There had even been rumors that he and Blagojevich had talked about what it would take for Blago to name Jesse to Obama's Senate seat (money).

"Jackson has been under an ethical cloud since the election in 2008 of Barack Obama as the first black president—a distinction the namesake son of the famous civil-rights leader was once considered a frontrunner to achieve. The congressman aggressively pressed Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint him to the Senate seat that Obama had held, and a House investigation into his dealings with the now-jailed governor had been ongoing."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/11/21/the-humbling-tragedy-of-jesse-jackson-jr.html

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:11 AM

19. He really "pooched" that one

 

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:15 AM

20. Sad, but there are no excuses.

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:35 AM

25. Is it something it the water in Chicago?

NT

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:15 PM

40. glad, mad, and sad all at the same time.

I'm glad there is one less corrupt politician in Washington (for now), sad that it was a Democrat, and angry at Jackson Jr. for betraying the public trust... and doubly angry about the many worse offenders still sitting cushy with no threat of legal action. How many current congressmen accepted bribes from Jack Abramoff for example?

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Response to BVictor1 (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:44 PM

42. I'm inclined to think he was flying high on bipolar disorder when he went shopping.

A $43,000 Rolex?

Michael Jackson memorabilia?

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