U.S. District Judge Amy Berman-Jackson posted a note on the court’s docket stating that Wednesday’s hearing for the
The son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year and misusing $750,000 in campaign funds to bankroll a spending spree that included purchases such as a gold-plated Rolex watch, Michael Jackson memorabilia, fur capes, mounted elk heads and other unusual items. The
Noted defense attorney Joel Brodsky says that such delays in sentencing are not unusual.
“It’s not uncommon for sentencings to be continued for any number of reasons. For instance, the state or defense may need additional documentation or the judge may need more time to make a decision. Judges have told me they probably put more thought into sentencing then any other thing they do,” Brodsky said. “What defense attorney would object - nobody is in a hurry to be sentenced. Basically it happens all the time and 99 percent of the time it has nothing to do with the facts of the case or any material thing.”
But there are other questions and concerns when the matter concerns a powerful Chicago Democrat family like the
So can the judge be influenced?
Judge Amy Berman-Jackson was nominated to the bench by President Obama on June 17, 2010.
To date, her appointment has resulted in a decidedly mixed bag for the Obama Administration. She has challenged the Justice Department’s claim that courts have no jurisdiction in the bungled federal gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious. But some Republicans charge she has sat for a year on Rep. Darrell Issa’s lawsuit to enforce his subpoena for documents related to the case.
She replaced Judge Robert Wilkins, another Obama appointee, who withdrew from the
Over the decades, the
It’s common knowledge that Rev. Jesse Jackson parlayed Operation PUSH’s 1982 boycott of Anheuser-Busch into a financial windfall for his sons. African American employees had complained that they were being denied promotions and were subjected to racial slurs at the beer giant. But many have suggested that the
To put the boycott to an end, August Busch III met privately with Jackson, Jr. to discuss plans to increase the number of minority employees and contractors at the company and soon began donating to
Then in 1998, Busch handpicked Yusef Jackson, 28, to be the majority owner of a Budweiser distributorship on Chicago’s North and Northwest Sides, making him one of the youngest such owners in the country. Yusef’s brother, Jonathan Jackson, also came onboard as part owner of the company, though neither had any experience in the brewing business.
Questions still remain about the
Then there are the lingering questions of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s involvement in the Blagojevich scandal and his alleged offer to buy Barack Obama’s old Senate seat through donor and friend, Raghuveer Nayak. Nayak later told authorities that
Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 48 months in prison and to order him to pay $750,000 in restitution to his campaign fund, as well as a forfeiture money judgment of $750,000. A forfeiture motion filed last week listed the
But Brodsky doesn’t believe
If Brodsky turns out to be right, Jesse Jackson Jr. could serve as little as 10 months in prison. If he is eligible for federal disability payments, he could receive as much as $8,700 a month or 60 percent of his congressional pay once his sentence is completed.
Perhaps there will be another gold-plated Rolex or mounted elk’s head in
After all, funny business seems to be the
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from
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