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Jesse Jackson Jr. gets new sentencing judge
Disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. now has a new judge who will handle his sentencing in late June.
Court records show that the case has been reassigned to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
The previous judge, U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins, earlier raised the issue that he had known the Jackson family and even had done some work on the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s campaign for president.
Jackson resigned last year amid a federal investigation and pleaded guilty to bribery charges in February.
Jackson’s sentencing is set for June 28.
Wilkins issued this statement in the court record in February to flag his ties to the Jackson family. He said though he did work for the Rev. Jackson, he could remain impartial. “The Court does not have any bias or personal interest in this case based on these circumstances,
and one could certainly argue, based on the precedent cited above, that these circumstances do
not fall into the category in which a reasonable, well-informed person “might reasonably
question” the Court’s impartiality,” Wilkins wrote then.
However, the court docket entry on Tuesday noted that the case had been “randomly” reassigned.
Here is how Wilkins described his ties to the Jackson family.
“In 1988, while a law student, Judge Wilkins served as a co-chair of
Harvard Law School students supporting the presidential campaign of Rev. Jesse
L. Jackson, Sr., and on October 24, 1988, Judge Wilkins introduced Rev. Jackson
when he came to speak at a campus event supporting the presidential candidacy of
Governor Michael Dukakis. On March 21, 1999, while an attorney, Judge
Wilkins appeared as a guest on a show hosted by Rev. Jackson on the CNN
network entitled “Both Sides with Jesse Jackson” to discuss a civil rights lawsuit
in which Judge Wilkins was a plaintiff. Judge Wilkins believes that he has
spoken to Rev. Jackson only on these two occasions, and he does not believe that
he has ever met or spoken to the two defendants in these cases.”
Here’s the Docket entry reassigning the judge:
Case as to JESSE L. JACKSON, JR randomly reassigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Judge Robert L. Wilkins no longer assigned to the case. (gt, ) (Entered: 04/16/2013)