Greased Jackson Prison Sentences - Chicago Political Commentary

Greased Jackson Prison Sentences - Chicago Political Commentary

There is something terribly wrong with the criminal justice system. Especially when it comes to the sentences that corrupt politicians get versus the average citizen. But rather than me try to say what I’d really like to say right now about the Greased Jackson Prison Sentences in the most coarsest of street slang possible, I will defer to a more eloquent and tempered response by Chicago Tribune Columnist and Political Commentator John Kass in a videotaped interview entitled “Are You Kidding Me?”


Mr. Kass Thank You For Saying It Better Than I Ever Could!

Let me explain myself here for those unfamiliar with my blog – my readers know that I am not generally predisposed or afraid to deviate from the world of political correctness, but I have had somewhat of an uptick in readership and have begun to be picked up by various websites and outlets who have found my blog interesting and I am most grateful for that. Besides, this is just not another happy day for those of us living among the muck of Illinois Political Corruption.

And while I have attempted to remain true to the objectives of trying to keep my site as voice of non-partisanship anger towards political corruption and silly government policy it has been impossible to come across that way due to the overwhelming reach of a corrupt Illinois Democratic Party and its iron-grip over our daily lives.

And despite the fact that I have been accused of being everything and anything under the political spectrum my true beliefs lie in democratic principles. Except of course here in Illinois where they are simply empty and meaningless. Why? Because in Illinois we have a one-party political combine whose puppet master has been the Infamous Democratic Machine.

And the Jackson’s, are a product and beneficiary of it. Somehow, though, former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and absentee former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson decided that they were going to take advantage (as so many do) of the privileges bestowed upon them by the people who relied on them for fair and honest representation.

Now even though I have been critical of the Jackson’s; Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr and Sandi Jackson it was never about hate or malice. It was about a firm belief that “We the People,” regardless of ethnicity, race or religious belief were entitled to that fair and honest representation because that is the cornerstone of a Constitutional Democracy.

As a naturalized first generation immigrant American – I have been becoming more and more despondent by the actions of a corrupt political culture that includes politicians, judges, activists and charlatan preachers. What ever happened to the holding dear of those higher ideals that were the basis used by our Founding Fathers when they established our great democratic experiment anyway? I just don’t know anymore folks and it saddens me because what we have today is nothing more than a mockery!

Where does it say that public servants must be treated differently under the law than the millions of taxpayers who have placed their trust in them? Well evidently there has to be a second set of rules and laws because time and time again we see politicians convicted of breaking the law and the public trust only to receive sentences that are nowhere near what they should be except for the rare occasion a judge will actually throw the book at someone as Judge Zagel did to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

But where was the same for Jesse Jackson Jr.when he got away with a measly 30 months in an Alabama Boot Camp (if the Federal Bureau of Prisons agrees with the recommendation)? Heck, Sandi Jackson at least got a stiffer sentence in comparison for her role with a full 12 months in jail. That 12 months, by the way, must be served in its entirety because I believe the 85% time served rule only applies to sentences of a year and a day or longer. So Jesse Jackson Jr. caught one hell of a break Wednesday when he didn’t even get the minimum 47-56 months under Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Looks like Kass had it right when he said – are you kidding me?


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  • One has to consider that this was a District of Columbia judge, and presumably free of Illinois taint.

    Remember that the Jacksons pleaded, and the U.S. Attorney of D.C. accepted it, which raises two comparisons:

    1. Someone said on the radio that if Blago had pleaded, he would be out by now.

    2. The feds had Eliot Spitzer on Mann Act (interstate transportation for the purpose of prostitution) and illegal money transferring charges (he was busted when the feds had a wiretap on the escort service directing him how to transfer the "fee"). Spitzer resigned as governor and he feds said "nothing to charge him with here." His sentence: living with his mean looking wife for a couple of years, but she is now getting a divorce.

    I don't know what the proportionalities are, but they weren't going to put Jackson away 5 years for misappropriation of $750,000 on a plea deal.

    BTW, Fox32 had an example of when lawyers BS and don't. They had Joe Lopez, who appeared to be the assistant clown in the Drew Peterson Circus. However, since his client was not involved here, he was pretty straight forward.

  • In reply to jack:

    Well yes it was a D.C. Judge but must admit I am not so sure that they are any more free of taint than some of ours. But I give this judge some credit for the things said to both, especially Sandi. I think I would also agree that had Blagojevich not engaged in that Late Night Innocence Tour he would have probably been given far less. He certainly miscalculated and I wonder how much that had to do with the Adams' legal strategy (or if it was Rod's?).

    Your point on Spitzer, believe it or not, is news to me so thanks for sharing that. But I think the end result is a travesty.

    $750,000 is no chump change and when you factor in the ballsy manner in which they went on their spending spree, well, okay maybe not 5 years but if the minimum sentencing guideline stipulates 47 -57 and the person gets out after serving 85% I think Jesse should have at least gotten the low end. And as I have said before there is still so much more we don't know about I am sure that poetic justice would have demanded that 47 months.

    Interesting point on you BTW Fox32 - but makes sense to me. Some trials are destined to be circuses and others not I guess.

    Sorry for late reply - CN was down today and this was also my normal "bill pay" days.

    Thanks for reading Jack, I really, really appreciate you being a loyal reader and commenter of this blog.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Adam's or Rod's strategy, or the PR agent's, Glenn Selig? Ultimately, though, a lawyer has to accede to the client's wishes. That why the judge was so careful in asking Drew is he wanted to drop Brodsky and keep Steve Greenberg.

    But my only point was to keep the wheat from the chaff, or in this case, the b.s. from actual law.

    But heck, $750,000 is closer to chump change than Rita Crundwell's $50 some million, or some school treasurer being charged with stealing $1.5 million, surprisingly by Cook County authorities. Also, the Beavers trial points out that it would have been legal if it were state campaign funds and he paid taxes on them. Wonder how much Bill will get from the judge?

    There were the Supreme Court decisions that the sentencing guidelines were only advisory, and I guess it is a good question, which won't be answered, why the judge went below. The prosecutor could appeal if it appeared that the sentence was beyond proper judicial discretion (as happened in Vrdoylak's case), but maybe not if it was part of the plea deal.

  • In reply to jack:

    I suppose that is true and you certainly know the ins and outs of law better than me. Always glad when you clarify things in language the average guy can understand.

    I was just catching up on the day's news and read that article about the $1.5 million being stolen. Pretty clever the way he did too. But yes indeed, Crundwell took the top prize no doubt about it.

    Plea deals are probably the least of what I understand when it comes to sentencing so I will just defer to your explanation. Beavers? You got me - haven't a clue as I don't even know which judge is handling his case. But maybe we can guestimate by his record?

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I don't see how any of the school treasurer's acts were any different than how Phil Pagano ripped off Metra, other than that was limited to about $400,000. Maybe, like Pagano, the treasurer will throw himself in front of a moving schoolhouse. Also, the method wasn't that different from Crundwell, who was discovered only when a vacation fill in asked "what's the deal with this separate account?" Crundwell was accused of depositing sales tax distribution checks into an account in the name of Dixon, but of which Dixon did not know.

    I mentioned Beavers to you before, when he was convicted. To refresh your recollection (Tribune), he was convicted before Judge Zagel (same Zagel) of not reporting income on withdrawals from his campaign fund. It isn't clear from the articles how much in taxes was involved, but apparently it involved withdrawals as well as income as a county commissioner totaling something like $126,000. Like I said, nothing illegal so long as taxes were paid, and I said that the time there was nothing to back his assertion in the media before trial that he repaid the money. And, of course, he was the 7th Ward boss before the Jacksons ousted him, and was thwarted in sticking his daughter into his city council seat by Sandi Jackson (actually the two Jacksons giving out free turkeys at a voter registration event).

  • In reply to jack:

    From what I read the school treasurer had two streams, one via his paycheck I think and the other via an account he set up. But yeah they are basically all the same except Crundwell took the most before being caught. Heck I was amazed at how much money flowed through Dixon of all places.

    I remember the Beavers thing now - and think it came down to him not attempting to rectify the taxes until after he was indicted. And it was that after the fact that basically convicted him. And I also remember the Jackson power play as well. I don't know what the deal was though so far as their friendship goes - I mean they were friends for a long time right? In any event, I guess free turkeys go a long way there in capturing the needed votes. But nothing new I suppose.

    I do like the "moving schoolhouse" comment though - although maybe that scene from the Wizard of Oz could be modified from Auntie Ems house to a schoolhouse and plop!

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    If you are implying any friendship between the two Beavers and the two Jacksons, I don't recall any evidence of that, especially since the Jacksons deprived Darcel Beavers of her hereditary rights. In that regard, the problem probably was that while the south side machine headed by Beavers set up Todd Stroger after daddy won the primary but wouldn't withdraw from his deathbed until afterwards, Beavers decided to run for the county board as a backstop for Todd only in time for the next election, and thus Darcel had to run against opposition in the form of Sandi Jackson for the 7th Ward alderman seat.

    Just like Sandi Jackson was supposed to be the reformer in that race, I wonder if Claypool would have been any different than Preckwinkle if old Stroger had pulled out the week before the primary. We would have been spared 4 years of Todd's incompetence, but still would have been under north side machine politics. And if you didn't think before that Claypool was incompetent and an unDemocrat tool of Emanuel, check out what I noted yesterday in the CTA Tattler, referring to this Sun-Times article. Then Quinn decided to back it up by appointing Carole Brown, former CTA chair, to the panel. So the result will be a slap on the wrist to Metra but again not the necessary reform.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack I am going way back; I thought I read somewhere the families were pretty good friends, especially the kids when growing up. It wasn't until later that the politics drove a wedge between them. I could be wrong but that is sticking in the old memory bank - then again it could be another family and the Beavers.

    As for Claypool, yeah............I agree with you. He has been a tool in many ways it seems?

  • Speaking of plea bargains, today's Mr. Boffo has one on the corporate level.

    Always strange how the comics turn up relevant.

  • In reply to jack:

    Excellent Mr. Boffo! Don't know how strange it is though since these sort of comics are social commentary and satire based on current events right? I mean look at the story behind why Doonesbury was created. These people are sharp as tacks.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Mr. Boffo is advertised as "unclear on the concept." There are plenty of corporate criminals, as you note. Conrad Black, of looting the Sun-Times fame, apparently has finally settled up.

    Since it says the "state," I could imagine Robyn Ziegler, spokesperson for Lisa Madigan, coming out with a press release, to the effect of "The Illinois Attorney General today announced it it has joined the settlement with the 6 publishers of e-books, requiring, besides the remedies obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice, that they say 'Five our Fathers.'" After all, that's how Lisa rules.

    Doonesbury grew out of a combination of people Trudeau knew at Yale and the Vietnam War, but Trudeau stated that his later political views were based on that George W. Bush was the leader of the drinking club in the dorm.

  • In reply to jack:

    You see I learn something everyday. I thought Doonesbury was inspired of the Viet Nam War and government policy of the times. Interesting, thanks.

    As for Lisa brand of justice? Yes, Yes, Yes. And I did see that Conrad Black has finally cleared the slate. About time too.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    On the Yale part, it was documented that Trudeau had classmates named Pillsbury (Doonesbury), Brian Dowling (BD) and Calvin Hill (Calvin) and President King was Kingman Brewster, President of Yale. Mark Slackmeyer was also someone (but I forget who). Of course, after Trudeau left campus he became immediately involved in Vietnam War storylines (like sending BD there, where he met Phred the Terrorist).

    The George Bush part came out when Trudeau was on Charlie Rose.

  • In reply to jack:

    That is so cool. I dunno maybe I am the only who doesn't know this for whatever reason but find it fascinating. Thanks.

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