Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty

The former Congressman has officially pleaded guilty to misuse of campaign funds



Jillian Rayfield
February 20, 2013 10:32PM (UTC)

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, D-Ill., officially pleaded guilty to misusing about $750,000 in  campaign funds on Wednesday, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that could result in up to five years in prison time.

"Guilty, your honor. I misled the American people," Jackson said, Reuters reports.

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Jackson was charged with using his campaign funds to redecorate his home in Washington, and to buy, among other things, a Rolex.

Though he won reelection in November, Jackson resigned his seat later that month. There is currently a special election underway to replace him.

Judge Robert Wilkins set Jackson's sentencing hearing for June 28.

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Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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