U.S. District Judge Amy Berman postponed today’s original sentencing date and scheduled a new hearing set for Aug. 14 as the new sentencing date for former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi. The change was made to “accommodate the court.”
This year Jackson pleaded guilty to the misappropriation of $750,000 in campaign funds. He admitted to spending the money on personal items, including a gold-plated Rolex and mounted elk heads. Jackson faces a maximum five-year prison term and being ordered to pay back the $750,000.
Jackson’s wife, Sandi, is to be sentenced at the same hearing on a related conviction. The judge has to decide whether to stagger the couples sentences so that they don’t have to be in prison and away from their two children at the same time. The Jackson’s could lose one or both of their homes from a forfeiture motion filed last week by the prosecutors of the case.