by Nigel Boys
Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California has visited former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. in prison. Jackson is serving time in prison at Butner Federal Correctional Complex, Butner, North Carolina for misappropriating $750,000 from his campaign fund.
Warren was among Jackson’s first visitors since he began his 30 month prison term on October 29 this year. Warren was accompanied by his associate pastor, Anthony Miller.
According to Warren, his visit was “a private moment” with Jackson and he visited the disgraced representative because he wanted to show love for him and to pray for him during his time of confinement.
Warren went on to say that he found Jackson to be in surprisingly good spirits and both he and Pastor Miller believed in giving leaders a second chance.
Jackson’s attorney, C.K. Hoffler, who is reportedly facilitating visits to Jackson, said “The clergy reportedly prayed with him and gave him support and counsel. They further reported that the Congressman was in good spirits all things considered.”
Hoffler continued “He continues to regret all of the pain, shame and embarrassment that he has caused his family, his constituents and his friends but has begun the process of repaying his debt to society.”
According to reports, Jackson is due to be released from prison on December 31, 2014, if he behaves himself, and 30 days after his release, his wife, Sandi Jackson, will then report to the Bureau of Prisons to serve her 1 year sentence for related tax offenses.
Reportedly, Jackson spent the $750,000 campaign funds by buying as many as 3,000 personal items, including a Rolex watch, furs for his wife, furniture for their home, family vacations and two mounted elk heads, which he bought for over $7,000 from a taxidermist in Montana.
Jackson also purchased other unusual items with the money, including Michael Jackson’s fedora, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar and a football that featured signatures of past U.S. presidents.
Jackson has reportedly paid back about $200,000 in restitution for his part in his crimes and his wife has been ordered to pay $22,000 for her part.