by Deborah Caldwell
Civil rights icon Jesse Jackson, father of ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., says his son is under “tight medical supervision” after being diagnosed with bipolar depression and resigning from Congress.
“He is struggling with the highs and lows of his bipolar disorder,” Jackson Sr. told the Chicago Tribune in a statement.
Jesse Jackson Jr. was formally charged on Friday with misuse of campaign funds.
Jackson resigned from Congress in November after serving for 17 years as a Chicago Congressman. Before Jackson resigned from Congress, he spent time at the Mayo Clinic for treatment of his bipolar disorder.
Several reports have indicated that Jackson faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Jackson’s wife, Sandi Jackson, is also implicated for her role in filing false tax returns, according to authorities.
Even as the elder Jackson is praying for his own son, his thoughts and prayers are also with those who are victims of gun violence as well.
“As I pray for my own family, I also pray for the victims of shootings and violence,” Jackson said.
“Please continue to pray for our family,” Jackson concluded. “Let’s pray for each other; let’s pray for hope and change. Through it all, prayer, forgiveness and redemption still matter.”