Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon July 1, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife to be sentenced this week
Jackson Junior pleaded guilty in February to stealing 750-thousand dollars from his campaign account and spending it on lavish personal items - furs, electronics, a Rolex watch.
Defense attorney Reid Weingarten suggested back then he might bring up Jackson’s struggle with bi-polar disorder to argue for a lighter sentence.
“Those health issues are directly related to his present predicament. That’s not an excuse. That’s just a fact.”
Jackson Junior’s lawyers have since argued in court filings that bi-polar disorder could lead to compulsive spending. And they say the ex-Congressman may not get the care he needs in prison.
Prosecutors want a federal judge to send Jackson Junior away for four years, and his wife, Sandi Jackson, for 18 months.
Sentencing in Washington, D.C. is set for Wednesday.