CHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday postponed the sentencing hearing for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, noting it was being done to "accommodate the court" and not at the request of the couple's attorneys or the prosecution.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., posted a brief note on the court's docket saying Wednesday's hearing for the Chicago Democrat and his wife would be held later. She didn't set a new date.
Jackson, the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., pleaded guilty this year to spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a gold-plated Rolex and mounted elk heads, among other things.
He faces a maximum five-year prison term. Under his plea agreement, Jackson must pay back the $750,000 and he will be subject to a host of other financial penalties.
Jackson's wife, Sandi Jackson, was to be sentenced at the same hearing on a related conviction.
Last week, prosecutors filed a forfeiture motion listing the Jackson's two homes, which observers said could result in them losing one or both of them.
The Jacksons have two school-aged children, and the judge must decide whether to stagger their sentences so that they won't both be in prison at the same time.
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Dinner at CityZen in Washington, D.C., $466.30
Jackson Jr. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/us/politics/jesse-l-jackson-jr-pleads-guilty-to-wire-and-mail-fraud.html">had quite the dinner there in 2010</a>, the New York Times reports. The Jacksons spent over $60,000 in campaign cash on dining and drinking out at restaurants, nightclubs and lounges.
Men's Rolex watch, $43,350
<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-20/news/chi-jesse-jackson-jr-sandi-jackson-plea-hearings-wednesday-20130219_1_sandi-jackson-congressman-jesse-jackson-campaign-funds">Jackson Jr. bought the high-priced Rolex in 2007</a> using cash from a bank account he opened under the title "Jesse Jackson Jr. for Congress," the Chicago Tribune reports.
Personal airfare, $31,700
That's a lot of frequent flyer miles.
Michael Jackson memorabilia, about $28,000
Jackson Jr. purchased about $28,000 worth of Michael Jackson goodies, including a fedora hat (for $4,600), as well as what is described as a "Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen guitar (for $4,000)." The memorabilia was purchased from Antiquities of Nevada. <em>Pictured:</em> The black felt fedora worn by Jackson during his last performance at the Apollo Theatre in April 2002 is on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on the first day of Julien's two-day Music Icons and Sports Legends auction, June 23, 2012.
Tobacco shops, $17,163.36
Jackson Jr. has a well-documented penchant for cigars -- <a href="http://www.thedaily.com/article/2012/10/16/101612-news-jesse-jackson-jr/">and was reportedly seen smoking one</a> by The Daily last fall.
Dry cleaning services, $14,513.42
Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, about $11,000
Flat-screen TVs and other Best Buy merchandise, $10,997
Multiple flat-screen TVs were among $10,997 <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/20/details-of-jackson-familys-improper-spending-of-campaign-funds/">worth of items purchased at a Best Buy by the Jackson in November 2007</a>, CBS Chicago notes. Other items included Blu-Ray DVD players and DVDs.
Bruce Lee memorabilia, about $10,000
Jackson Jr. bought roughly $10,000 in Bruce Lee memorabilia.
2 Stuffed Elk Heads, $8,000
According to DNAinfo Chicago, Jackson Jr. <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130220/south-shore-below-79th/jesse-jackson-jr-pleads-guilty">gave his campaign treasurer more than $8,000</a> to buy two mounted elk heads from a Montana taxidermist in 2008. They were shipped in 2011. An undercover FBI agent who said they were an interior designer lat year offered to buy the heads from the treasurer.
Five-day retreat at Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat, $5,687.75
The retreat was reportedly taken by a relative of Sandi Jackson's in November 2008.
Fur capes and parkas, $5,150
Multiple fur purchases reportedly included a cashmere cape from Edwards-Lowell Furs in Beverly Hills.
The cruise was reportedly taken in June 2006.
Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, $2,775
The Hendrix memorabilia was purchased in February 2010.
Trip to Disney World Resort, $2,306
The trip was reportedly taken in March 2007.
Stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear, $313.89
<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jesse-jackson-jr-sandi-jackson-plea-hearings-wednesday-20130219,0,1510803.story">The Build-A-Bear stuffed animals</a> were purchased around Christmastime in 2007 and 2008, according to the Chicago Tribune.