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  • Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (center) leaves a D.C. federal court on Aug. 14, 2013, after being sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing money from his own campaign. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • ** FILE ** Then-Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, and his wife, then-Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, ask each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago on March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Jesse Jackson Jr., wife to appear in court Wednesday

    Former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. and his wife are to appear in federal court here on Wednesday to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

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