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Rev. Jackson Issues Statement On Son’s Legal Woes

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, meets with reporters. (CBS File Photo)

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, meets with reporters. (CBS File Photo)

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his former congressman son is under strict medical supervision as he struggles with bipolar disorder “compounded by the stresses” of his legal troubles.

The elder Jackson released a statement Monday thanking those who have prayed for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his family. He also calls the hurt “indescribable.”

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Jackson Jr. with conspiracy for allegedly spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. The Chicago Democrat’s wife, former alderman Sandra Jackson, was charged with filing false joint federal income tax returns.

Jackson Sr. says he also hopes his son’s apology will be accepted.

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife both agreed to plead guilty. Their sentencing dates have not been set, but both face the possibility of several years in prison.

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