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Bitter high asset divorce for Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife

Some New Jersey readers will recall media coverage of the legal troubles of former United States Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson. The couple were accused of misappropriating funds that were intended to support Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign. Both accepted plea deals in that matter, and served time in prison. While Sandi Jackson was still incarcerated, her husband initiated a high asset divorce.

The Jacksons are back in the news after Jesse Jackson Jr. had subpoenas issued for three men. One of those men is the former police Superintendent in the city where the couple lived and worked as public servants. His legal team is asserting that Sandi Jackson committed certain "acts" in that area that led to the divorce, and is arguing that the divorce case should be heard there.  

Sandi Jackson argues that their case should be heard in Washington, D.C. where the couple also lived and worked, instead of Chicago. In the recent subpoenas, the men are asked to turn over evidence related to any communications they may have had with Sandi Jackson, as well as any exchanges of gifts or money that took place. It is unclear what specific "acts" Sandi Jackson is being accused of committing.

As this case moves forward, New Jersey readers are likely to learn more about the couple's marital issues, as well as the events that led to the criminal charges against them. At least one of the men subpoenaed in the matter has issued a statement that the couple should be aware of the harm that their actions could cause those connected to the case. However, it is unlikely that the potential fallout for others will have an impact on the course of this high asset divorce case.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Former top cop Garry McCarthy subpoenaed in Jesse Jackson Jr. divorce case", Kim Janssen, Jan. 18, 2017

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