Rev. Jackson says son under medical supervision

February 18, 2013 - 4:29 PM
Jesse Jackson Jr

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., attends the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, his career wasn’t ended by attempts to amass political power. Instead, it was the former congressman’s desire for flashy items like a gold-plated Rolex watch and furs, and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen’s guitar. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his former congressman son is under strict medical supervision as he struggles with bipolar disorder "compounded by the stresses" of his legal troubles.

The elder Jackson released a statement Monday thanking those who have prayed for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his family. He also calls the hurt "indescribable."

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Jackson Jr. with conspiracy for allegedly spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. The Chicago Democrat's wife, former alderman Sandra Jackson, was charged with filing false joint federal income tax returns.

Jackson Sr. says he also hopes his son's apology will be accepted.

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife both agreed to plead guilty. Their sentencing dates have not been set, but both face the possibility of several years in prison.