WASHINGTON — Disgraced former Congressman
, who pleaded guilty last week to misusing $750,000-plus in campaign money, is writing a memoir, two sources familiar with the project told the Tribune.
Jackson, 47, will be sentenced June 28 after a seven-year spree in which he used the illicit money for a Rolex watch, celebrity memorabilia, furs, a cruise and two stuffed elk heads, among other purchases.
Jackson, who has
One of the Tribune's sources, who has seen drafts of portions of the memoir, said Jackson was trying to "clear up his legacy."
"He has nothing else to do right now," the source said. "He's desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story."
Putting pen to paper is nothing new for people in trouble with the law. While former Illinois Gov.
Blagojevich was convicted of crimes including trying to sell an appointment to the
On Feb. 20, Jackson, a Democrat from Chicago, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. His wife,
He faces 46 to 57 months in prison and his wife faces one to two years behind bars, according to federal sentencing guidelines. Her sentencing is July 1. The cases are in the U.S. District Court for the
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
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.
Jackson, in his plea agreement, said he would pay a judgment of $750,000 and would forfeit to the government any property traceable to his offenses. He also faces a fine of $10,000 to $100,000.
Jackson's lawyers and spokesmen did not return calls Tuesday for comment.