Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty To Misusing Campaign Funds; Sentencing Set For June 28

Source: Carol Cratty and Tom Cohen / CNN

Washington – Dabbing at this eyes with a handkerchief, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one federal charge related to using campaign funds for personal expenses.

“Guilty, your honor,” Jackson responded to U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins after looking back at family members in the courtroom, including his father, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

“I used monies that should have been used for campaign purposes,” Jackson acknowledged to the judge.

When Wilkins asked if he realized that the guilty plea meant giving up the right to a trial, Jackson responded: “I have no interest in wasting the taxpayers’ time or money.”

Wilkins set sentencing for June 28.

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  • The
    same rules just don’t apply to us. Look at the wardrobe Sarah Palin
    received out of campaign money. Dumped into a trash bag after they
    lost. No one went to jail for that.

  • Pam Johnson

    Wasn’t Jesse Jackson supposed to be sick? I’d be sick too once I found out I was about to go to prison. Me and my spouse.