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Jesse Jackson Jr. Court Appearance: Ex-Congressman Due Before Federal Judge Wednesday

02/19/2013 12:39 pm 12:39:12

Disgraced ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is due to make his first appearance in federal court Wednesday on charges he misused $750,000 in campaign funds to support lavish and bizarre personal purchases.

Charges for Jackson and his wife Sandi — who faces a tax fraud charge — will be handled in separate hearings, but both will be presided over by the same federal judge, reports Fox Chicago. District court judge Robert Wilkins of Muncie, Ind., will likely preside over a hearing in Sandi Jackson's case Thursday.

A former Chicago City Councilwoman, Sandi Jackson faces significantly less jail time than her husband, and could get off without serving any time at all. Jackson Jr., meanwhile, may be sentenced to serve up to five years.

This week's appearances will likely include the arraignments and official guilty pleas from the once-powerful political couple. After the pleas, Fox reports it could take weeks to several months before the pair appears again for sentencing.

Jesse Jackson Jr., 47, resigned from office last November after going on medical leave; he had represented Illinois' 2nd congressional district since 1995.

Earlier on HuffPost:

Jesse Jackson Jr. Through The Years
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