Jesse Jackson Jr. May Write Memoir to Clear Name

Former politician wants to "clear up his legacy" since pleading guilty to misusing campaign money.

Posted: 03/01/2013 11:00 AM EST

As Jesse Jackson Jr.'s June 28 sentencing date approaches, the disgraced politician is currently "writing" his wrongs with a memoir, according to sources of The Chicago Tribune.

In February, Jackson pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, wire fraud and mail fraud. He and his wife both spent $750,000 of campaign money for personal items such as celebrity memorabilia, a Rolex watch and other luxury purchases. They also filed false tax returns.

The former Illinois congressman may be eager to sell his story and "clear up his legacy" as one source told the Tribune, but finding a publishing deal may be another issue for him.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Although he is already a published author, Jackson might face an uphill climb to find a find a publisher now, according to Gail Ross, a lawyer and literary agent in Washington.

"To get big money you'd need a publisher who is really, really interested in his story," Ross said. "Most people I work with don't want to line the pockets of a crook.

"Maybe someday he'll write the redemption story, but he can't write the redemption story until he's redeemed," Ross added. "Redemption has to be beyond the magnitude of the crimes."

Jackson wrote a book of financial advice called "It's About the Money" with his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, in 1999. The son, with an aide, wrote a 2001 book, "A More Perfect Union," which proposed constitutional amendments dealing with employment, affordable housing, health care, fair taxes and other priorities.

Ross said that because the younger Jackson just acknowledged committing serious crimes, publishers will be wary. "If he pleaded guilty, his publisher is not going to be looking for his next book," she said.

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