Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing $750,000 from his campaign account, while his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson (D), was sentenced to one year in jail for filing false tax returns. "U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson took the unusual step of allowing the Jacksons -- parents of a 13 year old and 9 year old — to stagger their sentences. And in one of the more surreal moments of the proceedings, the judge recessed to allow husband and wife to confer over who would go to prison first. It was determined to be Jesse Jackson, who will report around Nov. 1."
Berman "rejected Jackson Jr.'s mental health issues as a defense saying that his string of accomplishments in life — propped up by a political family dynasty — 'points to only one conclusion, and that is that you knew better.'" Jackson served in Congress for 17 years before resigning in November. (Chicago Sun-Times)
-- Julie Sobel