The conviction of ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. had nothing to do with ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. This is according to Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney in Washington, who prosecuted Jackson for converting campaign funds for personal use and scheming to cover it up.
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“I will tell you that this investigation is independent of any investigations that were taking place out of the Northern District of Illinois. When this investigation started, I did consult with the acting U.S. attorney up there but obviously this investigation is completely different,” he said.
In the Blagojevich case, associates of Jackson were said to have offered Blagojevich $1.5 million to appoint Jackson to the U.S. Senate. Jackson has insisted that even if that’s true, he had nothing to do with it. Sentencing for Jackson will be in June. He could get four to six years in prison. His wife, Sandi Jackson, also pleaded guilty. Her offense was filing a false tax return. She’ll be sentenced in July. She could get three years in prison. Machen says he doesn’t think Jesse Jackson Jr.’s health problems will result in a lenient sentence.