It’s obvious there was much drama in the courtroom as Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, waited to be sentenced in the theft of $750,000 from his campaign fund.
He cried and she cried, and after the drama came the actual sentence.
So let’s talk about what actually happened. Let’s put off the discussion of the wet tissues and the echo of sniffles, and that vague and unproven spin about Jackson’s reported, but unsupported, mental illness.
First, consider what federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson (no relation) did to Chicago’s royal political couple from that courthouse in Washington.
She didn’t bring her federal hammer down. She didn’t throw the book at them. She didn’t even give them a sharp slap on the wrist.
She gave them some federal time, but not as much as they deserved.
In real terms, Jackson will serve a little more than two years, and she’ll serve one. Not a bad price for stealing and spending three-quarters of a million dollars.
This is not a tragedy for the Jacksons. It’s a victory.