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Letter to Jackson Jr. judge: `Give him the max`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Dozens of people have written letters to the sentencing judge in the Jesse Jackson Jr. case.

The letters came from all over the country; from the second district to the northwest suburbs and even a letter from the east coast.

One letter asks the judge not to show any leniency, while another, much shorter letter--from someone the former congressman served in his district--asked the court to show mercy when Jackson Jr. and his wife are sentenced in July.

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, the former Alderman Sandi Jackson, will be sentenced in a couple of months for spending more than $750,000 on lavish trips and gifts for themselves. Both have pleaded guilty.

"I think they should be treated like everybody else because they are humans like the rest of us and they should be subject to the same guidelines, judgments and punishments," says Carol Dellahousaye, who lives in the 2nd District.

"He capitalized off us, so it's just time for him to deal with his due date in court," says William Calloway.

From the word on the streets in the 2nd District to letters being sent to the sentencing judge in this case in Washington, one former constituent says her children grew up with Jesse Jr. She's asking his honor to "please show mercy."

A man from Massachusetts says "I believe that little or no sympathy should be given in this case, and the maximum jail time in a regular prison and not in some country club setting."

Sandi Jackson's family members sent in about a dozen letters telling the judge, the former alderman of the 7th ward was, and still is, an inspiration to everyone in the family. They want the judge to give her probation "because someone needs be there for the couple's two children."

Sandi's niece writes, "I love and need my cousin."

This is the second batch of letters the judge on the case has made public. The former congressman faces up to 57 months in prison. His wife Sandi is facing one to two years in prison.

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