Jesse Jackson Jr.: If We Both Go To Prison, I Want To Go First

Source: Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who will be sentenced July 3 for looting his campaign treasury of about $750,000, said if he and his wife are both sent to prison, he would like to serve first, court filings show.

Lawyers for Jackson, 48, also said his only income is Social Security payments and a federal pension, “which will be suspended in the event he is incarcerated.” It was not clear if the lawyers meant both types of payments.

The lawyers made the statements in court documents filed today.

They also said the Jacksons have a “negative monthly cash flow.” His defense lawyers are battling the government’s desire for Jackson Jr. to pay both a $750,000 forfeiture and $750,000 in restitution.

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