Disgraced U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, learned their fate Wednesday as a federal judge sentenced the once-prominent political couple to jail terms of 30 months and 12 months respectively.
Moments after each of the sentences were announced, Chicagoans were swift to react via Twitter. Though many expressed approval the pair would face jail time, several area residents lamented the "soft" sentencing; the ex-congressman's 30-month sentence, for example, fellwell short of both the five year maximum sentence and the four years recommended by prosecutors.
Others, however, were just mad the breaking news cut into the Cubs game.
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Earlier, Jackson Jr.'s father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, reacted to the news of his son and daughter-in-law's sentences (embedded).
Outside the courthouse, Jackson Jr. gave a brief statement Wednesday saying, "I still in believe in the power of forgiveness. I believe in the power of redemption. Today I tried to man up and tried to accept responsibility for the error of my ways. And I still believe in the Resurrection."