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Subpoenas issued in Jesse Jackson Jr. divorce

Readers in Texas may be aware of the breakdown of the marriage between former United States Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson. The couple are preparing to divorce after having served prison sentences for the misappropriation of funds that were intended for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s election campaign. Their split is making recent headlines over several subpoenas that have been issued.

The couple are at odds over where their divorce case should be heard. Jesse Jackson Jr. claims that the divorce should be heard in Chicago, where they both worked as public servants. Sandi Jackson wants the case to be heard in Washington, D.C. where they have worked and own a home. Jurisdiction can make a significant difference in the outcome of a divorce, and is an issue with many couples.

In this case, Jesse Jackson Jr. claims that his wife committed certain "acts" in Illinois that should result in the case being heard there. To support those claims, he has subpoenaed three men, including the former superintendent of police. He is asking that any communications between those men and Sandi Jackson be turned over to the court, in addition to any evidence of gifts exchanged between those individuals.

As the case moves forward, more information could be made available concerning the interactions that both parties may have had with other officials. High profile cases often receive a great deal of media coverage, and matters that involve claims of improper conduct seem to be of particular interest. Unless this couple is able to work out a divorce settlement on their own, more information is likely to be revealed in the weeks and months to come, in Texas and across the nation.

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

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