A day after postponing this week's scheduled sentencings of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, a federal judge announced Tuesday that the defendants would learn their fates on Aug. 14.
Jackson Jr., son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., has pleaded guilty to misusing about $750,000 in campaign cash. The ex-congressman's wife, a former Chicago alderman, has pleaded guilty to failing to report about $600,000 in income on the couple's tax returns.
Federal prosecutors want him sent to prison for four years and her for 18 months.
The separate felony cases against the South Side Democrats are in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The judge is Amy Berman Jackson, who is not related to the Jackson family.
The Jacksons were supposed to be sentenced Wednesday, but instead it will be six weeks later, with Jackson Jr.'s hearing at 8:30 a.m. Chicago time and Sandi Jackson's at 9:30 a.m. Chicago time.
In announcing the new date, the judge appeared to acknowledge the proceedings would take longer than originally expected. Previously, she had planned to sentence Sandi Jackson a half-hour after Jackson Jr.; this time she scheduled their sentencings an hour apart.
The court said Monday that the postponement was related to the judge's schedule and workload and had not been requested by either the prosecution or defense.
The Jacksons pleaded guilty in February after resigning from public office amid an investigation by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. The two are accused of spending campaign money on a Rolex watch, furs, vacations, appliances and memorabilia from celebrities from Martin Luther King Jr. to Michael Jackson.
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