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Jackson Jr. therapeutic writing could become memoir: Source

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FOX 32 News has confirmed that disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will write a memoir, wanting to be remembered for more than just pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Last week, Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses.

Jackson is writing the memoir to "clear up his legacy" and to tell his side of the story - of his history.

Sources close to the former congressman told FOX 32 Political Editor Mike Flannery that he began writing a paper as a form of therapy. They said he is trying to come up with an answer as to how he ended up here, at this point in his life.

"He has nothing else to do right now," a Chicago Tribune source said. "He's desperately trying to change the narrative of his life story."

The source said there is no final manuscript. Nothing has been shopped around to any publishers, and will not be sent out for a while.

The congressman who served Illinois' 2nd district for over a decade and once had ambitions of pursuing a higher office, has not spoken publicly since admitting guilt in federal court and apologizing to his constituents – for "letting everybody down."

Sources told FOX 32 that Jackson is deeply depressed and concerned that the good things his 17 years on Capitol Hill accomplished have fallen by the wayside amid the scandal currently surrounding him.

There is concern among the Jackson camp, since word of this memoir leaked out, that the judge who will sentence Jackson would see this move as an indication that he isn't fully repentant – that Jackson may be trying to justify his actions. The former congressman has reportedly only spoken to four people about his paper, asking them to take a look at his writing.

Jackson received treatment from the Mayo Clinic for bipolar depression in 2012, after taking a medical leave of absence from Congress early in the year. He did not reveal the reason for his absence until June. After news of a federal probe into his misuse of campaign funds broke in the fall, Jackson officially resigned from office in November.

The source told FOX 32 that Jackson feels there are pieces of his life that he's lost, due to the depression caused by the bipolar disorder. He wants to remember, through his writing, and he sent the paper to those four people to tray and recall what he's missing.

Jackson Jr. faces 46 to 57 months in prison for misusing thousands in campaign dollars. His wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, faces up to three years behind bars for filing a false tax return regarding the campaign money.

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