Disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty last week to misusing $750,000-plus in campaign money, is writing a memoir in an effort to “clear up his legacy,” two sources familiar with the project told the Chicago Tribune.
Jackson, 47, will be sentenced June 28 after a seven-year spree in which he used the illicit money for a Rolex watch, celebrity memorabilia, furs, a cruise and two stuffed elk heads, among other purchases.
Jackson, who has bipolar disorder, took a medical leave of absence from Congress in June and resigned in November.
One of the Tribune’s sources, who has seen drafts of portions of the memoir, said Jackson was trying to “clear up his legacy.”
“He has nothing else to do right now,” the source said. “He’s desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story.”
On Feb. 20, Jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. His wife, Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty that same day to separate charges of filing false tax returns.
He faces 46 to 57 months in prison and his wife faces one to two years behind bars, according to federal sentencing guidelines. Her sentencing is July 1. The cases are in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Jackson, in his plea agreement, said he would pay a judgment of $750,000 and would forfeit to the government any property traceable to his offenses. He also faces a fine of $10,000 to $100,000.