Heard on the Hill

Jesse Jackson Jr. Lobbies to Be Locked Up First

All things being equal, former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill., would like to get this whole going-to-prison thing out of the way.

Chicago Sun-Times D.C. bureau chief Lynn Sweet reports that attorneys for the embattled lawyer have done an

that attorneys for the embattled lawyer have done an about-face on which of the Jacksons, Jesse or his wife, Sandi, should get locked up first should the court throw the book at them for the $750,000 they funneled from campaign accounts.

“Mr. Jackson’s health issues preclude him from working at this time. If he serves his period of incarceration first, Mrs. Jackson would be able to work and could stabilize the family’s finances,” Lynn said the ex-lawmaker's lawyers proposed in a memo filed Monday.

With sentencing hanging over both of their heads just before the July Fourth holiday, it would seem Jesse is ready to get on with the rest of his life ASAP.