Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson and her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leave the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., after their sentencing hearings. Jesse Jackson was sentenced to 30 months behind bars and Sandi Jackson was sentenced to a year in prison. | SAUL LOEB~AFP/Getty Images
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:02AM
The Jackson file. . .
“I am so brokenhearted.”
Thus spoke former Ald. Sandi Jackson shortly after she was sentenced to serve a year in jail for income-tax fraud, according to a Sneed source close to the wife of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison on political corruption charges.
“She’s holding up, she’s a survivor,” the source said. “There is no more mystery. It’s over. Her husband will start serving his jail time in November and Sandi will start to rebuild her life and support her family financially.”
Sandi Jackson, who had hoped for probation in order to take care of the couple’s two children, opted to let her husband serve his sentence first — prompting speculation that pressure may have been put on her by the Jacksons to do so. “It was a decision everyone signed off on, including Sandi, Jesse, the lawyers — and Rev. Jesse Jackson.”
Sneed is told that Sandi Jackson, who was represented by powerhouse attorney Dan K. Webb, already is doing consulting work at home for several companies and is anticipating a heavier workload based on additional consulting work she has been offered.
“Sandi has a lot of friends in Washington, D.C., who care for her and are willing to be there for her,” the source said.
“There is a huge benefit for her not to go to jail now,” said a second source. “During the next two years, motions can be filed and the judge could reconsider.
“It will also give her the opportunity to provide financial support for her family and rebuild her life,” the second source added.
The Jackson legacy . . .
The question arises: Who will be the new standard bearer of the legacy begun by his JJJ’s father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, who have four other children?
◆ The “Y” factor: Jackson’s son, Yusef who Sneed is told is described as the “go-to” guy in the Jackson family, is an attorney who runs a beer distributorship. “He has the chops and class to do it but is not interested in going into politics,” said a source.
◆ The “Double J” scenario: Polling done by Jonathan Jackson, the professorial younger brother of Triple J — who is his father’s frequent companion and a national spokesman for his father’s Rainbow/PUSH organization — showed no traction in an attempt to determine whether to make a run for the job vacated by his elder brother last year.
Huma hum . . .
Sneed hears sexting weirdo politico Anthony Weiner’s crestfallen wife, Huma Abedin — who hasn’t been publicly on her husband’s campaign trail for weeks — is quietly doing research for her role model and mentor, Hillary Clinton, who’s writing a memoir about her time at the State Department.
I spy . . .
Yum sum: Celebrity chef Mario Batali was spotted dining with his two sons at Homaro Cantu’s iNG Restaurant on Tuesday night. . . . Chris “Boomer” Berman from ESPN and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes dropped by RL for lunch Wednesday separately, but the two had a chat and took some pictures together before leaving.
Sneedlings . . .
Condolences to the family of Kevin Flynn, a former investor in the Chicago Sun-Times when it was in dire financial straits years ago, who was killed in a freak biking accident this week. A warm, welcoming kinda guy. How sad. . . . And condolences to the family of Sneed’s dear friend Robert Early, whose beloved father, Burt Early, a respected lawyer and former leader of the American Bar Association, died Aug. 4 at 91. . . . And condolences to Chicago horn player Lee Loughnane, whose brother John, a former police sergeant, died this week at 70. . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Princess Anne, 63; Debra Messing, 45, and Ben Affleck, 41.