*As EUR previously reported, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in jail and his wife, Sandi, got a year in prison for separate felonies involving the misspending of about $750,000 in campaign funds.
Now it is being reported that the judge will allow the couple to serve their sentences one at a time with Jackson Jr. serving his term first. This arrangement was based on the wishes of the family according to Sandi Jackson’s lawyer, Dan Webb.
The judge ordered Jackson Jr. to report to prison on or after Nov. 1. After his sentence, Jackson Jr. will have three years of supervised release. Sandi will have 12 months of supervised release after serving her term.
Sandi is sentenced to exactly one year, which means she cannot qualify for time off for good behavior. The good behavior release is only made available to those sentenced to a year and a day.
If Jackson Jr. earns time off for good behavior in prison, he would serve about 25.5 months.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was approached by people, including Jackson’s father, requesting the former Illinois Democratic representative be placed under supervision. She said that if she were to do so, it would appear as if there were two systems of justice: “one for the well-connected and one for everybody else,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
“I cannot do it,” she intoned. “And I will not do it.”
Both Jacksons wept in court as they addressed the judge before sentencing.
Jackson Jr. apologized for his crimes and expressed special regrets to his mother and father.
“Your honor, throughout this process I’ve asked the government and the court to hold me and only me accountable for my actions,” he said.
“I am the example for the whole Congress,” he said. “I understand that. I didn’t separate my personal life from my political activities, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
Talking about his desire to be sent to a federal prison camp in Alabama, he said: “I want to make it a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me.”
Jackson Jr. hopes that during his absence, his wife can work and make enough money to keep the family afloat. “When I get back, I’ll take on that burden,” Jackson Jr. said. “By then I hope my children will be old enough that the pain I caused will be easier to bear.”