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Jesse Jackson Jr. Expected to Resign

Dorothy Rowley | 11/13/2012, 10:32 a.m.

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has hired a high profile attorney who deals in corruption cases to handle negotiations with the federal authorities surrounding misuse of campaign funds. However, the 47-year-old veteran lawmaker who was just re-elected, is also expected to resign and faces prison time as well.

Jackson's troubles stem an investigation in which authorities say he used campaign money to decorate his house and purchase a $40,000 Rolex watch for a female friend.

Jackson, the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, had been noticeably absent from Capitol Hill and the public over the summer. His staff and wife later confirmed that he been away seeking treating for a bipolar disorder. Reports also stated that the congressman was in rehabilitation at an exclusive clinic in Minnesota for depression.

In addition, Jackson has been the subject of a House ethics committee probe related to an alleged bribe offered by a supporter in 2008. The bribe, which was offered to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was supposedly to ensure Jackson's appointment to the senate seat that was vacated after Barack Obama won the presidential election.

Jackson has denied knowledge about the bribe, and Blagojevich has since been imprisoned on corruption charges.

Source: Chicago Media Reports