Jesse Jackson Jr. Wants to Serve Prison Time Before His Wife

The former Illinois congressman also is having trouble paying the hefty fine levied against him by a judge, court papers show.

By Phil Rogers
|  Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:51 PM EDT
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Jesse Jackson Jr. Wants to Go to Prison Before His Wife

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Convicted former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. would like to serve prison time ahead of his also-convicted spouse, Sandi Jackson, court filings show.

Paperwork also reveals that the former legislator is having difficulty paying the hefty fine levied against him by a federal judge.

Jackson pleaded guilty in February to misusing campaign funds. Jackson acknowledged in court that he spent $750,000 of campaign cash on personal items — like a $4,600 Michael Jackson fedora and a $1,500 black-and-red cashmere cape, according to the charges against him — and pleaded guilty to several charges, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements.

Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty on the same day to tax fraud.

The government doesn't agree that Sandi should be able to serve a potential jail term later than her husband.

In response to the request about Sandi, the government said that she should not get a break just because she was a good public servant and has family responsibilities.  

“Defendant was also a highly compensated, elected official," a government document states. "Whose job was to represent and assist her constituents.  She … should not get a variance for merely doing her job as a public servant.”

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