WASHINGTON — Choking back tears, Jesse Jackson Jr. apologized to the American people and his family, including his father the civil rights activist, at a court hearing Wednesday to set sentences for the former Illinois congressman and his wife. The couple pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign money on splurges such as a gold-plated Rolex watch, vacations and mounted elk heads.
Jackson told the federal judge that he hoped his son and daughter wouldn't suffer because of his actions and that his wife, Sandra, would receive probation. If not, he would be willing to serve her sentence for her. "Give me her time," Jackson said.
For himself, Jackson said he wanted to serve his prison time in Alabama where he could be away a while and it would be "a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me."