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March 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, face prison time

Charges reflect racial inequality

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud. He could spend 46 to 57 months in prison. (BRENDAN HOFFMAN/GETTY IMAGES)

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud. He could spend 46 to 57 months in prison. (BRENDAN HOFFMAN/GETTY IMAGES)

Former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces four years in prison for absconding with $750,000 in election campaign funds [“Jesse Jackson Jr., wife charged in federal cases,” News, Feb. 16].

Surely if this scion of the noted civil-rights family had been a Wall Street banker who bilked multibillions from the public, he’d be untainted and uncharged.

Which proves conclusively that black people in America will never be free until they learn to steal big.

–Rhett Gambol, Seattle

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