Ex-Constituents Ask Judge to Sentence Jesse Jackson Jr. to Hard Time

Jordy Yager, The Hill, May 9, 2013

Several of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D-Ill.) constituents are asking a federal judge to show him no mercy when he hands down his sentence.

The charges of using campaign funds for personal use, which Jackson has pleaded guilty to, are worse than murder, Chicago resident Gregory Ritter said in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins.

“[M]urder would be a lighter crime, as these defendants have used the political hopes and dreams of the constituents as a blank check for deceit,” Ritter wrote. “The crimes of this magnitude are not like a traffic ticket.

“While the act of being a hypocrite is not punishable. The violation of this magnitude has made our democracy shiver.”

Jackson admitted to spending $750,000 worth of campaign funds on televisions, appliances, movie tickets and jewelry. His sentence is expected to be handed down July 1.

The former congressman faces up to four years in prison, but his lawyers have pleaded with Wilkins to show leniency. They note Jackson’s doctor has described him as being mentally unstable.

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“The congressman comes from a prominent family and has been afforded the best education that a lot in our society has not,” wrote Tiny Hawkins, of Markham, Ill. “I am asking that you do the right by his constituents and treat him as you would any other person.”

She said Jackson “did absolutely nothing for our district for the time he served.”

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Martin Dettmer, a dentist in Wheaton, Ill., asked the judge to “apply the full force and limits of law allowed in sentencing.”

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“A strong message needs to be sent and an example needs to be made!” Dettmer wrote. “Please do everything in your power to see that Representative Jackson pays, and pays dearly, for his egregious and repulsive behavior.”

Jackson’s crime even inspired Frank Bailey, from Oak Bluffs, Mass., to ask the judge to give the former lawmaker “the maximum jail time in a regular prison and not in some country club setting.”

“The whole country will be looking at your decision, and Jesse Jackson should not be given a mere slap on the wrist,” he wrote.

Ritter also asked for Jackson’s father, the famed civil rights leader and former presidential candidate the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., to be investigated to see if he was complicit in attempts to cover up his sons crimes.

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  • Puggg

    Newsflash: A Chicago politician was found to be corrupt.

    We should just put an electrified fence around most of Cook County and be done with it, but not before we get people who post here out if they happen to live there/be stuck there. It’s just as well, most of them will wind up going to prison anyway.

    • MBlanc46

      Hey, I live there! Don’t fence me in!

      • Not until we get you, Lakeview Senior and Jack Ryan outta there.

        • MBlanc46

          Thanks. Getting my wife to leave could be a problem.

  • Truth

    What’s really crazy about this is that after embezzling 3/4 of a million dollars of campaign funds for personal use, non-whites will call the U.S. “racist” if they enforce the law equally by sending him to prison like any other embezzler for the crime he committed.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    Let’s see…Jesse Jackson, Jr. (who IS someBODY!), access to $750,000, what could go wrong?

    • Nick Gherz

      Bling, hoes, anything ostentatious . . .
      The superficial things that are the “depth” of African-American culture.

    • sbuffalonative

      It’s funny. I was just thinking about Jackson Sr’s self-esteem-raising call-and-response antics the other day.
      I guess that ‘I am somebody’ theory didn’t pan out either.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Remember the early nineties when they would say

        “I AM A PROUD BLACK Man.”

        I actually heard a black man say that at the black corporation I once worked for. He was hired there immediately after being fired for sexually harrassing a patient at a treatment center. Btw, he was a drunk.

        • Jesse

          Katherine I don’t like correcting you but I feel I must.
          Is there really such a creature as a black MAN?
          I don’t think so?

  • OT

    Nothing ever became Malcolm X-Lax III in life like the leaving of it:

    http://newsone.com/2444676/malcolm-shabazz-dead/

    Yes, he’s the one who at the age of 12 burned his grandmother, Malcolm X-Lax’s wife, to death, back in 1997.

    • StillModerated

      It be a genetic thang, yo. Y’all don’ unnerstan’!

    • capnmorgan5150

      Good riddance. That kid was a straight up thug.

    • Unperson

      The former 12-yr-old arsonist (of his own grandmother!), is now a 28-yr-old corpse, killed outside a bar in Mexico City for unknown reasons. (My guess is he tried mouthing off to Mexicans the way he was used to mouthing off to honkies back home.)

      From the New York Times:
      “Mr. Shabazz, 28, spent much of his life seeking to make peace with his past. After pleading guilty to the juvenile equivalent of manslaughter and arson in his grandmother’s death in 1997, he was sentenced to institutions for many of his teenage years, followed by later stints in prison for other crimes.

      The bleeding-brain liberals at the NYT tactfully and euphemistically describe the famous-by-association corpse’s life as “troubled.” But then, they have to. Otherwise, readers might arrive at the hateful and heretical conclusion that Shabazz The Younger’s various misfortunes in life (and death) were the results of his own choices and actions — rather than his being yet another innocent victim of the ongoing menace that is White Skin Privilege [TM].

      So, to recap:

      Malcolm X: killed by his fellow Black Muslims
      Malcolm X’s wife: killed by her own black grandson
      Malcolm X’s grandson: killed by Mexicans

      FINAL SCORE:
      Members of Shabazz Family killed by nonwhites: 3
      Members of Shabazz Family killed by whites: 0

  • Tarczan

    The judge is a brother, so expect a light sentence.

    • Fistbump after the sentencing? Re-election when he gets out?

  • jimh19

    Is J.J., Jr. J.J., Sr.’s inside son or outside son.

    For those of you who understand “their” culture, the above will make sense.

    Other than that, throw the book at the thief!

    • IstvanIN

      “Culture” or breeding habits?

      • Non Humans

        The only “Culture” that they have is what they buy in the dairy aisle with their EBT cards.

  • Rick

    By this logic so should Tom Delay, most of the Wall Street bankers and many other thieves.

  • Jefferson

    Too bad there are no statistics on the racial make up of America’s most corrupt politicians. I am sure Black and Mestizo politicians would be vastly overrepresented.

    Major corruption in politics, another strength of diversity.

    • So will jews. 2% of the population. You know the rest…..

  • me

    LOL! How are the Jacksons going to ‘blame Whitey’ for this mess?

    • Katherine McChesney

      Hahahaha. Perfect. Her mouth is ugly. Did you see moochelles hairdo in the photo with Prince Harry?

  • MBlanc46

    You’ve got to feel a little bit sorry for the guy. His brothers got the Budweiser distributorship. All he got was a lousy congressional seat and salary. There was no way up for him (which is why he was desperate to buy that Senate seat). People did give him the money after all, and not because they liked the color of his eyes. You can understand that he thought that he was entitled to some of it for himself.

  • flyingtiger

    According to his friends, he is a good Karaoke sing. The judge should take a few years off for that.

  • anarchyst

    jesse Jackson’s “operation PUSH” organization has not filed their required “paperwork” with the federal government for YEARS, yet continues to operate. Contrast that with the “tea party” and “patriot” organizations that were (and are) harassed by the IRS. . .
    Folks, this country is toast. . .

    • StillModerated

      PUSH is supposed for People United to Save Humanity. It’s operated by sub-humans. They got kicked out of 1110 Vermont Ave., NW for failing to pay the rent. Where did all the left-wing shekels go? Who cares?

      • Puggg

        I thought it was Peeplez United to Screw Honkeys.

        • capnmorgan5150

          That would actually make more sense, lol!

        • Katherine McChesney

          Funny. But, true.

    • Puggg

      “It was then they realized why the gun nuts were all against a gun registry.”
      “And then they realized they weren’t really nuts at all.”

  • Since this is a politically sensitive case, I suspect Judge Wilkins will sentence J.J. Junior to within guidelines, just to cover his behind. Junior’s big problem at sentencing is thus reduced to the sheer amount of money involved.

  • When Jackson rushed to the “doctor” I knew he was going to run the “poor pitiful me, I’m retarded” bs.
    “Gimme some stuff! I need more stuff! I’m inna fix…I mean, I need a fix! Gimme!” Lousy thief.

  • THIS is an opportunity to show just how ‘equality’ works in this Nation—sentence Jesse Jackson, Jr. to prison for his obvious, deliberate and arrogance regarding campaign finance laws.

    Let’s just see how committed they are to ‘equality’ before the law…if this was a White Republican that broke the law as Jackson has, we ALL know the punishment would be SEVERE.

    What do you bet he gets a pass…..time to stop this crap…

  • The__Bobster

    Martin Dettmer, a dentist in Wheaton, Ill., asked the judge to “apply the full force and limits of law allowed in sentencing.”

    M]urder would be a lighter crime, as these defendants have used the political hopes and dreams of the constituents as a blank check for deceit,” Ritter wrote. “The crimes of this magnitude are not like a traffic ticket.

    “The congressman comes from a prominent family and has been afforded the best education that a lot in our society has not,” wrote Tiny Hawkins, of Markham, Ill. “I am asking that you do the right by his constituents and treat him as you would any other person.”
    _______

    Are these YT’s or blackies who are saying these things?

    • Funny you should mention murder. Under Roman Law, murderers were either crucified or (in or near Rome) thrown from the Tarpeian Rock. Corrupt politicians were a different matter. These were sewn into bags with several wild cats and then thrown into the River Tiber.

      I imagine their struggles in the sinking bag would infuriate the cats. It seems like a waste of good cats to me, though.

      • Animal abuse, definitely. Then again, ancient Rome wasn’t exactly known for its soft spot for animals.

        • Or people.

        • Katherine McChesney

          They set Christians on fire and used them for torches.

          • Probably not, but I make no distinctions between Middle-Eastern religions. My old bosses were Catholic Christians, who utterly believed they could treat guys who trusted them like dirt all day long, and feel good about themselves after grovelling to a dead Jew every Sunday.

            I don’t trust anyone except my mother, my friends Glenn and Dean, my daughter and my wife – in that order – I have always been betrayed from a position of trust by Christians. Betrayal of my trust is what used to really infuriate me.

            This is a short list.

          • purestocles

            People don’t burn that easily. They are, when all is said and done, sacks of water. Read any of the true crime books and see how after murdering someone, the perpetrator tries to destroy the evidence by dousing them in a gallon of gasoline and setting them aflame. It doesn’t work. Chars them a bit, but not enough to prevent identification. That’s why it takes a heaping mountain of wood (see the Odyssey and burials in India) to really reduce a corpse to ashes. Mind you, I’m not speaking from first-hand experience.

  • D

    he’s black. he gets a pass its not legal to put a black man in jail when their name is Jackson

  • Paleoconn

    The Chicago way: vote early and vote often.

    As far as I’m concerned, these people have themselves to blame to electing and re-electing and re-electing this parasite. With such a stupid constituency, I would live the high life too at their expense. If God didn’t want them to be shorn, He would not have made them sheep.

    • “As far as I’m concerned, these people have themselves to blame to electing and re-electing and re-electing this parasite.” That could apply to the office of POTUS as well.

      “If God didn’t want them to be shorn, He would not have made them sheep,” Calvera, Magnificent Seven.

  • shmo123

    It would be great to see him in prison stripes working on a chain gang. Queue Sam Cook. Throw Jesse in as well, as he must be complicit in some way. They could be the Jackson duet, successors to the Jackson 5, coming to you live from the Illinois State Prison in Joliet.

    More likely scenario: Wailing and acts of contrition. Jesse senior shows up to hold a “prayer session” or mini-revival right in front of the court house steps. Brings his illegitimate daughter with him. Junior gets 1 year probation with time served, a fine he will never pay back, and runs for office again in another year.

    • The Blacks Brothers, Joilet Jesse and Jam-it-iin-my-anus Jr?

  • Jordy Yager needs to learn what the term constituent means.
    .
    Dettmer and Bailey are NOT JJ Jr’s constituents. Ritter may be. Hawkins definately is.

  • David Ashton

    Would John Engelman still like to see JJ attend an AmRen conference?

    • JohnEngelman

      If he paid his fee and behaved himself, yes.

      That would have to depend on Jared Taylor. When David Duke showed up at one conference, the Southern Poverty Law Center made it seem like David Duke had been invited to speak and given a generous speaker’s fee.

  • Von

    Yes I have to agree, hard labor in a hard prison where he can enjoy the Down Low everyday.
    And while they are at it why not take the Liar in Thief from The White House at the same time?

  • Like father, like son.