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After eight months, first real glimpse of Jackson likely to come day of guilty plea

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As early as this week, the public could get its first real glimpse of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. since last June -- and it's likely to come in a federal courthouse when he pleads guilty to federal charges.

One of Sandi Jackson's lawyers, Tom Kirsch, told the Sun-Times on Monday that Sandi is expected to enter her guilty plea when she appears in court for arraignment this week.

Last week, one of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s lawyers, Brian Heberlig, told the Sun-Times that Jackson, too, was expected to plead guilty.

No date has been released yet, but last week, lawyers said the court hearing could come as early as Wednesday. A U.S. Attorney spokesman in D.C. said the office was still awaiting confirmation on hearing dates.

Both Jacksons have been assigned to the same judge, but they are expected to have separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins.

Both Jackson and his wife, Sandi, were charged Friday with massive misuse of campaign money from the congressman's campaign account.

Jesse Jackson Jr. disappeared from Congress on June 10. The Sun-Times has previously reported that federal authorities believed he was tipped off to the investigation into his campaign funds that was already underway.

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