WASHINGTON--Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is seeking a sentencing break for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)--asking a federal judge to take into account his work as a "tireless advocate for the poor and underserved," as well as his ability to bring levity to tough situations as the "highlight of our karaoke nights."
Fudge's letter concluded, "Jesse is worth saving and I know he can continue to have a positive impact on the lives of others as he has with my colleagues and me."
The Fudge letter was one of 14 in the federal court file--made public on Tuesday--where people from various walks of life asked for leniency--or not for Jackson, and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson. The couple will be sentenced on July 1, following February guilty pleas of looting $750,000 from campaign funds for personal use.
Dr. Martin Dettmer, a Wheaton dentist, said he was writing to "voice my outrage and continued disgust with the behavior of many of our elected officials. He urged a judge to "do everything in your power to see that Rep. Jackson pays, and pays dearly, for his egregious and repulsive behavior."