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February 20, 2013

Two widely differing pleas came from former politicians facing criminal charges today

  • Guilty Former Illinois representative Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from his apparent misuse of more than $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson and his wife made a variety of high-dollar purchases with the money, along with paying for expensive vacations and club memberships, and is expected to be sentenced to somwhere between 47 and 56 months in prison. source
  • Not Guilty Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he accepted more than $200,000 in bribes and other gifts during his time in office, many from contractors hoping to land major city contracts. Several former city officials are set to testify against Nagin, who is currently out of jail on a $100,000 bond. source
19:11 // 1 year ago
February 15, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. is a really big Bruce Lee fan, if you weren’t aware

  • $750k the amount that Jesse Jackson Jr., the troubled former Congressman from Illinois, has been charged with improperly spending from his campaign fund.
  • $10k of that was reportedly spent on Bruce Lee memorabilia.
  • $20k of that was reportedly spent on Michael Jackson memorabilia.
  • $40k of that was spent on a Rolex watch. By the way, have we mentioned that Jackson plans to plead guilty? source
20:41 // 1 year ago
November 22, 2012
I just find it is so painful at this point for me not only to know he won’t be in the Congress but to know he is still struggling with a serious very serious mental health issue.
Rep. Bobby Rush • Discussing the fate of Rep. Jesse Jackson III, who is about to resign from Congress in the wake of a federal investigation and a series of mental health issues that have prevented him from having an active role in Congress for nearly six months. Rush is taking the situation hard. “He just said, ‘Bobby I’m not going to be with you anymore. I can’t carry this thing through,’ and that was it,” he said, noting that “he sounded very, very sorrowful.”
12:10 // 1 year ago
July 28, 2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s health situation finally explained to the public

  • what Earlier this month, word came out that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (son of the one and only) was seeking medical treatment, but the nature wasn’t disclosed to the public, leading to some anger from officials in Congress. Eventually it was disclosed he had a “mood disorder,” whatever that is.
  • why Finally — we know: Jackson is being treated at the Mayo Clinic for depression and a gastrointestinal disorder, which doesn’t seem like it should be that big of a deal to explain to the public at large, but then again, we’re not Jesse Jackson Jr., and honestly, it’s his health situation to disclose. source

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3:55 // 1 year ago
July 12, 2012
Not doing so hot these days: Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Illinois congressman whose fortunes have declined following an extended medical absence from Congress. Jackson, the son of a civil rights icon, was expected to follow Obama into his former Senate seat. That didn’t happen — a little scandal broke out, with ties to his former fundraiser, that led to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich going to prison, and prevented Jackson from a Senate-appointed crisis. Now, with the latest rumor-laden crisis over his health, many of his colleagues expect him to eventually resign. Anyone know what’s going on?

Not doing so hot these days: Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Illinois congressman whose fortunes have declined following an extended medical absence from Congress. Jackson, the son of a civil rights icon, was expected to follow Obama into his former Senate seat. That didn’t happen — a little scandal broke out, with ties to his former fundraiser, that led to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich going to prison, and prevented Jackson from a Senate-appointed crisis. Now, with the latest rumor-laden crisis over his health, many of his colleagues expect him to eventually resign. Anyone know what’s going on?

22:24 // 2 years ago
July 11, 2012
The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
A statement from the office of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. • Regarding the congressman’s condition, which has been shrouded in secrecy since he took leave from office a month ago. Jackson’s medical leave wasn’t announced until weeks after he left, and his condition has been described using vague wording ever since, causing an outcry from other representatives asking for information. “Mood disorder” is as specific as they’ve gotten.
20:22 // 2 years ago