Rev. Jackson reflects on son’s success, sickness

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s asked himself if he confused his son’s sickness for success.

The civil rights leader spoke outside federal court in Washington on Wednesday after Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison. The former Illinois congressman previously had pleaded guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. Jackson Jr.’s wife Sandi received a year in prison.

Rev. Jackson says his son has been “driven to succeed, to be effective” but had highs and lows. He says he did not realize the cause was bipolar disorder until Jackson Jr. was admitted to the Mayo Clinic last year.

He says his son is still recovering, but “strong enough now to accept the challenges put before him by the judge.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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