Critics, fans write letters to sway Jesse Jackson Jr.'s sentence

Jesse Jackson Jr.
May 8, 2013 5:37:53 AM PDT
Fourteen letters written to federal judges asking for mercy or harsh punishment regarding Jesse Jackson Jr. have been made public.

Eight of the writers were sympathetic to Jackson, including one from the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).

She called Jackson the "highlight of our karaoke nights."

Another letter says: "Jesse Jackson, Jr. betrayed the public trust for his personal gain. His sentence should reflect that."

A suburban dentist wrote: "A strong message needs to be sent and an example needs to be made!"

Jackson pleaded guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign cash.

He and his wife Sandi will be sentenced July 1.


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