Prosecutors: Seeking 'interest' in Jackson homes

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they don't intend to seize former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s homes as part of his conviction for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.

Government attorneys Friday filed a forfeiture motion in Washington, D.C., naming Jackson's homes in Washington and Chicago.

Later, a U.S. Attorney's Office statement said it was only seeking "to forfeit the defendant's interest in the two properties in the event that they are sold" not "take over the properties."

Proceeds from their sale could help pay any balance on $750,000 Jackson has agreed to repay.

Legal observer Joe Lopez read the motion and says there's still a good chance it will lead to the government forcing the sale of the homes. He says the government's statement is "soft-pedaling a bitter reality."

Jackson is being sentenced Wednesday.

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