Rev. Jackson says son under medical supervision

Rev. Jackson says son under medical supervision

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US Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-IL, speaks to reporters following a Democratic Caucus on August 1, 2011 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. With time running out before the August 2 deadline to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling, Congress is working to strike a deal that would avoid a potential federal default next week. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

CHICAGO  -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his former congressman son is under strict medical supervision as he struggles with bipolar disorder “compounded by the stresses” of his legal troubles.

The elder Jackson released a statement Monday thanking those who have prayed for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his family. He also calls the hurt “indescribable.”

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Jackson Jr. with conspiracy for allegedly spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. The Chicago Democrat’s wife, former alderman Sandra Jackson, was charged with filing false joint federal income tax returns.

Jackson Sr. says he also hopes his son’s apology will be accepted.

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife both agreed to plead guilty. Their sentencing dates have not been set, but both face the possibility of several years in time.

 

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