SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Reports: J3 signs plea deal

Friday, Feb 8, 2013

* Both Sneed and NBC5 say that former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has signed a plea deal with the feds

Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned.

He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars – for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance” and furniture purchased for his home.

Converting campaign contributions for personal use is strictly prohibited by federal law. It opens Jackson up to “not more than 5 years” in prison.

And

(T)hose with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


36 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 11:57 am:

    It seems he’s off the hook for the Senate seat. But once you attract the feds attention, they keep going.


  2. - OneMan - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:05 pm:

    Well we have all seen this coming, still rather sad…


  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:05 pm:

    I think Sandi’s only chance is to ask for a “Vrodlyak Special” if it comes to doing time for … her.


  4. - Kasich Walker, Jr. - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:06 pm:

    Let bygones be bygones.

    If he can get all IL pols to denounce Peotone Int’l plans, the state will get a lot more back than a few hundred thou and a rolex.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:09 pm:

    Apoligies, “Fast Eddie”

    “Vrdolyak Special”

    If I am going to use it, spell it Right!


  6. - VanillaMan - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:14 pm:

    Promises, promises
    Sung by Naked Eyes, enhanced by VanillaMan

    Never had a doubt
    In the beginning
    Never a doubt
    Trusted too true
    In the beginning
    After Gus, Mel, now you
    The Jackson family ruled like kings
    Rolexes, booze business and silly things

    You made us
    Promises, promises
    Knowing we’d believe
    Promises, promises
    You knew you’d never keep

    Re-elections abound
    A place for Sandy
    Words that you said
    In backrooms with Blago
    “Our guy forever”
    Still repeats in my head
    You can’t finish what you start
    Hiding at Mayo broke our heart

    You made us
    Promises, promises
    But now you atone
    The chance we’ll forgive
    Is about as good as Peotone


  7. - Hank - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:31 pm:

    Perhaps he will get lucky and draw judge Cynthia Brim!


  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:39 pm:

    VMan - You talents have been missed, then when you come back, we realize how MUCH they really were missed…


  9. - Will Caskey - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    Why is he repaying the government if the charge is using campaign contributions for personal use? He stole from his donors, not uncle Sam.

    Curious.


  10. - MrJM - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    Happier days: http://goo.gl/IuIzZ

    – MrJM


  11. - Mr.Big Trouble - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:07 pm:

    As much as I have disliked both he and his father over the years, I feel a bit of sympathy for him in the household he was brought up in. It messed him up, but ultimately, we are all responsible for our own transgressions. You can beg for forgiveness, and receive it, but justice still demands a penalty, which he will get ,and which he deserves.


  12. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:08 pm:

    Will,

    Punitive damages, maybe? Makes sense to me. Donors are supporters. Therefore, they 1) might not want the money back, 2) might have an idea as to how the funds were being spent (see some of the comments on other blogs saying “So what? Pols work hard for the money”), and 3) therefore an unwillingness to “participate” in the prosecution.

    Exemplary damages paid to the Feds seems to be sending a message. Wrong is wrong–no matter what the donors may think, and possibly get in return to their benefit.


  13. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:10 pm:

    Furthermore, I have a sneakin’ suspicion that all of this is going to set a whole new precedent somehow.


  14. - DuPage Dave - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:13 pm:

    I guess this means the feds were waiting for George Ryan to clear space before sending Jackson to the slammer. Good riddance.


  15. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:16 pm:

    Another way to look at it, the crime isn’t against the donors, some of whom may be “complicit”. It’s against the People.


  16. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:17 pm:

    And hence, a criminal prosecution v. a tort action.


  17. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    And just to clarify: I was using the term “punitive damages” loosely. In criminal cases, I believe payments are referred to as “fines,” but the intent is the same. It’s to set an example–in addition to any prison time that may be imposed.


  18. - LincolnLounger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    Oh, the machinations that must be going on to determine the assignment of a judge to that particular case.


  19. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    =(T)hose with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife…=

    I’m wondering whether that’s where the “plea” part of the bargain came in and/or whether there’s more to the deal.


  20. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    –Oh, the machinations that must be going on to determine the assignment of a judge to that particular case.–

    Federal judge? Who’s doing the machinations? With whom?

    I suspect if Trips had the pull to corrupt a federal judge or the Justice Department, he wouldn’t be where he’s at now.


  21. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:49 pm:

    Well said, word.


  22. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:49 pm:

    Wonder if JJJ’s been gossiping about the neighbors?

    You don’t think - naaaahhh. No way. These guys never sing.

    Oh, yeah. Silly me. I almost forgot:

    === Sneed hears former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is now singing with the voice of an anxious canary. Sneed also hears rumbles the feds are very interested in a powerful dem femme, who is not an alderman. Stay tuned. ===
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/16707107-452/jesse-jr-spilling-all-he-knows-to-the-feds.html

    Down the rabbit hole we go, friends.

    Where it leads, only the Feds know.


  23. - Will Caskey - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:51 pm:

    That’s actually a fascinating idea. One would think that pillaging one’s campaign fund harms no one but oneself, leaving one with that many fewer hard dollars to win re-election.


  24. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:52 pm:

    To add on to word’s comment, I’d like to believe that judges overall have little tolerance for cases that deal with “misuse of campaign funds,” considering the ethics they need to follow and the restrictions they happily honor when it comes to their own campaigns (if they’re elected v. appointed).


  25. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 1:59 pm:

    =One would think that pillaging one’s campaign fund harms no one but oneself, leaving one with that many fewer hard dollars to win re-election.=

    Not when there really are no limit. (”Oh what to do with all that money? No one will notice if just take a little here for this and that and… Nip. Tuck. Snip. Snap.)


  26. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    –One would think that pillaging one’s campaign fund harms no one but oneself, leaving one with that many fewer hard dollars to win re-election.–

    Well, a $40,000 Rolex and a little strange can be such a comfort when one is harming himself by pillaging his campaign fund.

    C’mon, man. When was the last time Trips was worried about re-election? Same goes for the great majority of reps.

    A little less recklessness, and the federales never even bring the heat. But when they do, katie-bar-the-door…


  27. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:05 pm:

    Wooosh…score another point for word! (You are on a roll!)


  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:16 pm:

    Re: Sneed’s article–The “Boobies Rock” tid bit is also interesting. Charities, NFPs, “advocates” for the least fortunate and often most honored. Hmmm….


  29. - Deep South - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:25 pm:

    ===I guess this means the feds were waiting for George Ryan to clear space before sending Jackson to the slammer. Good riddance.===

    I think the law allows only so many Illinois politicians to be in jail at the same time.


  30. - Boone Logan Square - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:29 pm:

    Now my Friday afternoon earworm’s guaranteed to be the Handsome Family’s “Moving Furniture Around.”


  31. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:46 pm:

    Not Donna Summer’s “She Works For The Money,” Square?


  32. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:49 pm:

    V-Man, please tell me I might have perhaps “a-mused” and inspired just one more time as it would be so wonderful to hear (though you certainly have been doing well on your own and obviously need no help). :)


  33. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 2:53 pm:

    Sorry…obviously “Not Donna Summer’s “She Works HARD For The Money,” Square?

    (Must be that Moderate Leaning Right prude I can *sometimes* be. lol)


  34. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 3:01 pm:

    I have been just reading and watching, - wordslinger - in the zone, and I got nothing to add.


  35. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 3:51 pm:

    Same here, Willy.

    As a smart guy once wrote, “there is nothing like a wordslinger takedown.”


  36. - walkinfool - Friday, Feb 8, 13 @ 4:01 pm:

    This strange attitude, that both the campaign resources, and the public servant job, should be leveraged directly for personal gain, is too, too common. Some treated me as foolishly naive to be dismayed by it. Some explained it as not unlike exaggerating your deductions on an income tax filing…”everyone does it to some extent.”

    Well, everyone doesn’t do it.

    This attitude is an aberration, and should be loudly denounced by all public office holders. There is little gray here, IMHO.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Rodney Davis launches first TV ad of the fall campaign
* Caption contest!
* Today's number: 9 percent
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner responds *** Rate Gov. Quinn's new TV ad
* Now, that's a lede
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z3 teased again
        * Maximum hyperbole
        * Ticket Search Engine SeatGeek Raises $35M Round From Accel And Some Big-Name Athletes
        * AnTuTu v5.0 available now on Play Store
        * Sony’s IFA teaser video helps reinforce device rumors
        * Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 gets an unofficial advanced preview
        * The Apple customer-support site that's built just for you

        * Microsoft seeks to unify OneDrive experience with new Android client
        * This Graphic Compares 25 of the Most Popular Rewards Credit Cards
        * How To Tell If That Used Car You're Going To Buy Has Hidden Flood Damage
        * Accel and the NFL’s Manning Brothers Invest $35 Million in SeatGeek
        * It just got super easy to integrate Leap Motion with Oculus Rift
        * Leap Motion Hooks Up to Oculus for Controller-Free Virtual Reality
        * Leap Motion Dives Into Virtual Reality

        * Reading Room: The attendance debate reaches Kansas City
        * Kluber miffed by post-review denial of warmup pitches
        * Abreu ups RBI total to 96 in White Sox victory
        * Danks hopes to go deep against Indians in finale
        * White Sox 3, Indians 2: Jose Abreu is up to the challenges
        * Abreu ups RBI total to 96 in White Sox victory
        * Review confirms play at plate in Indians' favor


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Pat Quinn is Introduced at Little League Champi.....
        * Tracking Fracking: Where Is Ill. 1 Year Later?..
        * All-Black baseball team uplifts Chicago, nation..
        * Indictment: 290 Chinese defrauded in visa scheme..
        * Chicago schools getting $10M for Safe Passage..
        * Promote the vote..
        * Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Makes Cringe-Worthy Lit.....
        * Vallas: 'Devastating' cuts to Chicago schools a.....


        * Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes
        * Blast at BP refinery sparks fire, rattles homes
        * Chicago schools getting $10M for Safe Passage
        * Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls
        * Soler homers in debut for Cubs in 7-5 Reds loss
        * Reds overcome Soler's HR, beat Cubs 7-5
        * Chicago police commander accused of misconduct
        * Rauner broadens Ag Department patronage criticism
        * Chicagoan accused of defrauding Chinese
        * Still unclear how mortar shell ended up at plant

        * Renovation of Illinois Supreme Court building completed
        * Vallas: Rauner income tax rollback would cost schools $4 billion
        * Rauner: Department of Agriculture 'full of cronyism'
        * Durbin, Oberweis disagree over debate schedule
        * Concealed carry data botched by error
        * Teamsters vow to fight IDOT layoffs
        * Quinn vetoes bill raising speed limit to 70 mph on all interstates
        * Quinn vetoes bill increasing speed limit on all interstates
        * Quinn deputy staff chief going to private sector
        * Quinn signs law allow study of industrial hemp

        * Fire out after explosion at BP refinery in Whiting
        * Blast at BP refinery in Whiting sparks fire, rattles homes
        * A cool way (literally) to save heart attack victims
        * Alternative schools: Where Junior can start a biz, tend a garden or build a rocket
        * 10 Things to Do


        * Emanuel super PAC makes move to elect friendlier aldermen
        * Teen shot in Chicago Lawn
        * Feds: 100 weapons seized; 14 area residents charged
        * Firefighters battle three-alarm blaze on Halsted
        * Man killed in North Lawndale drive-by shooting
        * Not so fast, say the grown-ups
        * CPD commander charged with official misconduct, aggravated battery
        * Explosion, fire at BP refinery in Whiting
        * JRW players celebrate with family at pizza party: ‘I’m feeling good — just happy’
        * City of Big Shoulders became the City of Big Smiles to celebrate JRW team


        * Police warn of attempted kidnapping of 3 on Northwest Side
        * Homewood man sues village over $5,300 water bill
        * Indictment: 290 Chinese defrauded in visa scheme
        * Pabst mansion in Glencoe sells for $4.8 million
        * Chicago police commander accused of placing gun in suspect's mouth
        * Extra-alarm fire guts building in Englewood
        * BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire
        * Hobos street gang member admits to 3 murders
        * 1 dead, 4 wounded in city shootings
        * Durbin proposes 1 TV debate; Oberweis wants more


        * Two neighbors, one big financial gap
        * Two neighboring states, one big financial gap
        * Listen to State Week - August 22, 2014
        * Illinois Schools In Pension Limbo
        * Chicago police commander stripped of power, faces felony charges
        * Explosion at BP refinery, no injuries reported
        * In Wake Of Ferguson, Rally Planned In Springfield
        * Illinois Supreme Court Building Reveals $16 Million Improvement Project
        * Vallas: Rauner's Budget Plan "Insulting To Voters"
        * Teamsters Vow To Fight IDOT Layoffs


        * Our Opinion: Let the healing begin in Kincaid
        * Eugene Robinson: When mistakes become deadly
        * George Will: Navy with a mission in mind
        * Mark Mix: It’s Labor Day, not Union Day
        * Keith Kelleher: Was Harris v. Quinn a nail in the coffin or a shot in the arm?
        * Renovation of Illinois Supreme Court building completed
        * Bernard Schoenburg: IDOT ‘reorganization’ troubles ring a bell
        * Vallas: Rauner income tax rollback would cost schools $4 billion
        * Rauner: Department of Agriculture 'full of cronyism'
        * Our Opinion: Get off Facebook and talk to each other


        * Daily Digest 8/28/14
        * Carbondale set to induct large Hall of Fame class
        * Daily business briefing: U.S. economy expected to strengthen in second half
        * Guy Goodlove, Westville, August, 2014
        * Chad Musselman, Villa GroveHeritage, August, 2014
        * Mike McDonnell, Centennial, August, 2014
        * Fracking companies shun Quinn, get behind Rauner
        * Fracking rules will be released Friday
        * Greg Knott 8/28/2014
        * Family hopes tragedy sparks understanding of mental illness


        * JPMorgan boosts defenses against hackers after attack on systems
        * Decatur bench presser tops 500 pounds
        * 14 Chicago-area suspects face federal gun charges
        * Search on for Indianapolis baby reported abducted
        * Coroner: Illinois woman hit in police chase dies

        * Gutiérrez: Dems Weren't True to Their Valu...
        * Rahm, Gutierrez want Chicago to be model f...
        * EDITORIAL: The amnesty afoot - Washington ...
        * Mark Levin: Obama Is Committing 'One Of Th...
        * Chicago immigration huddle about 'getting ...
        * Levin: Executive Amnesty 'One of the Great...
        * What's Going To Happen When Obama Gives Am...
        * 'We're Getting Ready': Gutierrez Expecting...
        * Gutiérrez On Coming Obama Executive Amnest...
        * How Will Obama Pay For His Executive Amnes...

        * Student loan debt weighs down on college s......
        * Student loan debt weighs down on college s......
        * Student loan debt weighs down on college s......
        * Student loan debt weighs down on college s......
        * Student loan debt weighs down on college s......

        * Group of Senators Call on Latin American P......
        * Council of Jewish Women backs call to prob......

        * Flaming well water? It's all a fraud, says former Sierra Club member [podcast]
        * What you may not know about illegal election activities that's not so funny
        * Study: Wage Growth Remains Sluggish For Most American Workers
        * Tom Tresser, Co-Founder Of The CivicLab, At TIF Town Hall Meeting
        * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #14: Bearsgate vs. Tarpgate
        * So what's going on over there in Ward 17???
        * The Weekend Desk Report
        * The Cub Factor: Inside Tarpgate
        * Inside Tarpgate
        * Gutiérrez on Coming Obama Executive Amnesty: 'Get Prepared'


        * ICYMI: The shaky mantle of ‘reformer’
        * Governor Quinn Announces $10 Million Investment in CPS Safe Passage Program - Funding Will Expand Innovative Program to Help Ensure Safe Passage to Chicago Public Schools that Serve More Than 65,000 Students
        * Governor Quinn Proclaims “Jackie Robinson West Championship Day” - Governor Celebrates with Team and Fans at Rally and Parades
        * State Department on Aging Recognizes Caseworkers & Ombudsmen at Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference - Award ceremony concludes the annual conference
        * IDOT, Law Enforcement Crack Down on Drunk Drivers Labor Day Weekend to Avoid Fatal Crashes - Safety Campaign Targets Impaired Drivers; Innovative New Digital Media Campaign Aims to Keep Illinois Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths on Decline




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller