Former 2nd District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to illegally spending roughly three quarters of a million dollars in campaign money, according to the Sun-Times Media.
“For years I lived off my campaign. I used money that should have been for campaign purposes for personal purposes,” Jackson Jr. told Judge Robert Wilkins.
Jackson reportedly claimed his decision to plead guilty was because he has “no interest in wasting the taxpayers’ time or their money.” According to the Chicago Tribune, Jackson said "Tell everybody back home I'm sorry I let 'em down, OK?,” to a reporter on his way out of the courtroom.
In what might be a mitigating attempt, Jackson’s lawyer, Reid Weingarten, said he plans to make an extensive presentation during the June 28 sentencing date explaining how his known mental condition has affected his behavior.
“That’s not an excuse, that’s just a fact,” Weingarten reportedly said.
Jackson’s wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, is expected to plead guilty later today for tax fraud.
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