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Rev. Jesse Jackson mum on possible sentences for congressman son, daughter-in-law

Jesse JacksJr. Sandi JacksFebruary | AP

Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson, in February | AP

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Updated: July 10, 2013 6:51AM

A day after federal prosecutors announced they will ask a judge to send his son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., to prison for four years and his daughter-in-law, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, for 18 months, the Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared at Rainbow PUSH on Saturday but said nothing about the prison future that may await them.

But others attending the regular “Saturday morning forum” at Rainbow PUSH headquarters on the South Side said they worry about the Jacksons’ two children, ages 9 and 13.

“I think it’s really unfortunate that both parents are going to be without their children at some point, and vice-versa,” Elizabeth Bailey said. “But wrong is wrong, and you have to pay for doing wrong. It’s just terrible, though. It hurts my heart.”

Allison Jordan said she has known the Jacksons for years and understands why Sandi Jackson stood by her husband. “Sometimes, we are responsible for our spouse’s mistakes, or we support and stand by our husbands,” Jordan said. “She stood by her husband, and she supported him, and it was a mistake.”

The couple pleaded guilty to criminal charges in February — Jesse Jackson Jr. for embezzling $750,000 from his campaign fund, Sandi Jackson on tax counts tied to using her husband’s campaign fund. Both are set to be sentenced July 3.

Prosecutors are asking for Sandi Jackson to be sent to prison first, so the children won’t be without both parents.

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