Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jesse Jackson, Jr., national co-chair of Obama's campaign in 08, facing criminal charges

Following Hillary Clinton's win in the New Hampshire primary in 08, Jesse Jackson, Jr., national co-chair of the Obama campaign, was obviously out of sorts, accusing Hillary of using tears to gain sympathy from the voters. Recall that in 08 racism was taboo, but sexist comments like Jackson's were perfectly acceptable.

Today, the once high-flying young man has been forced to step down from the House of Reps., and he and his wife are both facing criminal charges:

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi intend to plead guilty to federal charges alleging the former congressman misused $750,000 in campaign funds while she understated their income on  tax returns for six years, their lawyers say.

Jackson Jr., 47, a Democrat from Chicago, was charged in a criminal information Friday with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties.

Sandi Jackson was charged with one count of filing false tax returns. She faces up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties

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