In December 12, 1995, a political star was born. 18 years later, Jesse Jackson Jr’s rising star has fallen. As the light dims on his career and his reputation, so does it cast shadows on the life of his wife of more than 20 years, Sandi Jackson. The two, an ex-congressman and an ex-alderman are expected in court Wednesday facing federal charges that could send either one of them or both of them to prison.
Jesse Jackson Jr vanished from the public eye in June. Questions about his health condition only grew and so did suspicions about a federal investigation stemming perhaps from the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Jackson testified in that trial in 2011. It would appear the federal focus later turned away from Blagojevich and toward Jackson. Problems erupted when the U.S. House ethics committee got involved.
On November 21st, 2012 Jackson resigned from office.
The feds then turned up the heat Sandi Jackson. By January, she resigned.
Last week, court documents were filed accusing Mrs. Jackson of tax fraud and her husband of misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. His own campaign money was said to have been spent on furs, Rolex watches and Hollywood memorabilia, prosecutors say. The deals have been cut. The guilty pleas have been inked.
Now the once anointed power couple in Chicago with their sights set on great heights will face a federal judge to learn their fates.
Jackson Jr. is due in courts at 9:30 a.m. central time and Sandi Jackson at 2:30 p.m. central time.