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Friday court hearing set in Jesse Jackson Jr. case

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7-15-05 Jesse L. Jackson Jr. 2120 East 71 St Street. Chicago, Illinois. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr outside his office in 2005. Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times (Ditigal Image)

A status hearing in the Jesse Jackson Jr. criminal case is scheduled for Friday -- days after the Jacksons were assigned a new judge as they face sentencing in the Washington D.C. federal courthouse.

According to court records, a status conference is set for 10 a.m. on Friday before the new judge in the case -- U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

A notation in the court docket says that lawyers can attend by phone and that Jackson's presence, as well as his wife's, is waived. It's typical in federal court that after pleading guilty a defendant doesn't have to show up again until sentencing.

Jesse Jackson Jr., the former South Shore congressman, pleaded guilty to looting his campaign fund with his wife, Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman.

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