Jessie Jackson Junior and Wife Enter Pleas To Federal ChargesWASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors.
Before entering the plea Wednesday, Jackson told U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins, "I've never been more clear in my life" in his decision to plead guilty. Later, when Wilkins asked if Jackson committed the acts outlined in court papers, the former congressman replied, "I did these things."
Jackson's father, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, watched the proceedings in the front row, hands folded, with no expression and virtually no movements.
Meanwhile, Jackson Junior's wife, Sandi, has pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns. Prosecutors charged the former Chicago alderman with filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011. They say she knowingly understated the income the couple received.
The following is a look at the items listed in Jackson Jr.'s charging document from Friday and additional items from a Wednesday court filing. It includes when items were allegedly purchased and for how much:
- gold-plated men's Rolex watch, July 2007, $43,350
- Bruce Lee memorabilia, bought between August 2007 and August 2008, $10,105
- Best Buy, flat-screen televisions, Blu-Ray DVD players and DVDs, November 2007, $10,900
- Build-a-Bear, December 2007 and December 2008, $300
- porcelain collector's items, January 2008, $1,553.09
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel's CityZen restaurant dinner for two, June 2008, $466
- children's furniture, July 2008, $9,587.64
- the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, August and September 2008, $11,130
- Martha's Vineyard Holistic Retreat health retreat for family member, November 2008, $5,600
- football signed by U.S. presidents, February 2009, $5,000
- Michael Jackson memorabilia, bought between August 2009 and March 2010, $22,700
- fur capes and parkas, November 2009, $5,150
- Eddie Van Halen guitar and Michael Jackson memorabilia, November 2009, $4,000
- Malcolm X memorabilia, February 2010, $2,200
- Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, March 2010, $2,775
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