Jesse Jackson Jr. Plea Deal Said To Include Resigning From Congress
A Chicago television station is reporting that the plea deal being negotiated by Federal Prosecutors and representatives of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. includes the stipulation the Jackson will resign from Congress:
A former U.S. attorney representing embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is negotiating a plea deal with the federal government, CBS 2 has learned.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has the exclusive details.
The plea deal would end Jackson’s 17-year career as a congressman representing Chicago’s South Side and suburbs.
At the center of negotiations is white-collar criminal defense attorney Dan Webb, who served as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when several Cook County judges were indicted for public corruption under the “Operation Greylord” investigation.
Webb, the chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, has been the point person for Jackson in talks with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington.
The tentative deal includes:
-Jackson resigning for health reasons.
-His pleading guilty to charges involving misuse of campaign funds.
-The congressman’s repayment of any contributions that were converted to personal use, such as home furnishings, improper travel or gifts.
At least some jail time would appear to be inevitable for Jackson, the son of civil-rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and spouse of Chicago 7thWard Ald. Sandi Jackson.
Ironically, Jackson himself entered Congress via a special election in 1995 when Congressman Mel Reynolds was forced to resign when it became known that he had sexually assaulted a 16 year old campaign worker.