Rev. Jesse Jackson stands behind son

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson is speaking out about his son’s guilty plea to federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

The younger Jackson, who is the former U.S. Representative from Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, admitted in court to misusing campaign funds.

His father tells CNN it’s a tough matter for the family to deal with.  “It is a very painful moment.  It’s a sad chapter.  Perhaps not the last chapter.  He has been quite contrite, accepted his responsibility, did not lean on his sickness, his bipolar disorder, which has been considerable.  He said I faced the consequences of my decisions and I think he’s standing up with dignity, fighting these odds.  I love him so much and still very proud of him yet.”

Jesse Jackson, Jr. will be sentenced in June.  The judge suggested both the prosecutor and defense may recommend a sentence lighter than the maximum five years.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty last week to filing federal tax returns.  She will be sentenced in July.