NewsNation | February 20, 2013
>> we are following breaking news any moment now. the wife of jesse jackson junior will enter a guilty plea to federal tax fraud charges stemming from her husband's misuse of funds. the former congressman entered with his wife before entering his own guilty plea . after that hearing, jackson asked reporters to tell everyone he is sorry. he could be facing several years in prison. the justice correspondent joins me now. this was not a big surprise that we saw this morning. explain what comes next for the congressman as well as his wife.
>> he wife will be pleading guilty in a few minutes. they just walked into court holding hands we are told by our producer. jackson did plead guilty and will be sentenced in june. he could face around four years in prison. his lawyer did say he hopes the judge will take into account a couple of factors. number one, the long public service career, 17 years in congress. number two, his mental problems. he has been diagnosed with bipolar disease. number three, the father of two young children and said at the sentencing, he will hope to persuade the judge to downward depart. the agreement calls for him to serve somewhere between 3.8 and 4.75 years in prison. he is going to serve prison time. we did learn more about the extent of the crime. he pleaded guilty here and using money that was given to his congressional campaign for himself and his wife using it for personal expenses. some of this was known and today we learned that they have been doing this, the government claims and he pleaded guilty for seven years, making over 3100 separate purchases which total $750,000. furniture for their houses and jewelry and fur coats . two mounted elk heads from a tax dermist and memorability associated with dr. martin luther king and bruce and the rocky jimmy hendrix and michael jackson . furniture and trips and restaurant visits, you name it. jackson told the judge i have been living off my campaign for several years.
>> the other thing as you brought up, the lawyer talked about health issues. one thing we know before sentencing, jackson is supposed to go in weekly for testing for some type of substance abuse, to test his blood for anything he is taking outside of his medical treatment ?
>> presumably, yes.