If Jesse Jackson Jr. genuinely suffers from bipolar disorder, as has been reported, he deserves our sympathy. Mental illness is not a moral failing.
On the other hand, I’m not going to feel sorry for Jackson if he ends up in the slammer for stuff like THIS:
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged today with violating federal law by misusing campaign funds.
Jackson, 47, a Democrat from Chicago, faces felony charges, including conspiracy, in a criminal information filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Typically, federal prosecutors use an information to charge defendants when a plea deal has been negotiated.
His wife, Sandi Jackson, was charged in an information with one count of filing false tax returns.
Jesse Jackson is accused of diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
Federal authorities allege that Jesse Jackson used campaign funds to purchase a $43,350 men’s gold-plated Rolex watch, $5,150 worth of fur capes and parkas, and $9,588 in children’s furniture. The purchases were made between 2007 and 2009, according to the criminal information.