Some Arizona readers may be aware that Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the process of divorcing. Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, have made headlines in the past after being accused of misappropriating campaign funds, well before filing for divorce. Both have served time in prison for their role in those crimes.
Now, Jackson and his wife are making headlines over their contentious divorce. At issue in the matter is the jurisdiction where the case will be heard. Sandi Jackson wants to move forward with the divorce in Washington, D.C., where the couple has a home and where their kids go to school. Jesse Jackson Jr,, however, wants the divorce to play out in Chicago, where both worked in public service and where they have another home. Jackson's attorneys insist that hearing the matter in Chicago is imperative, and claim that Sandi Jackson committed various "acts" in Chicago that could have a major impact on the case.
Sandi Jackson was still serving a prison sentence for filing a false tax return when she was served with divorce papers. Jesse Jackson, Jr. served time for mail and wire fraud, as well as conspiring to commit false statements. Both served sentences after pleading guilty to the charges against them.
As their divorce moves forward, Arizona readers are likely to learn more about the lives of both parties. It is reported that Sandi Jackson is pursuing alimony in the case, and is also seeking full custody of their shared children, as well as child support. No matter where the case is heard, the outcome is sure to receive widespread media attention.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, "Jackson Jr.'s lawyer: Wife committed 'acts' to spur divorce", Tina Sfondeles, Jan. 4, 2017