Monday, July 11, 2011

Otis Jackson Indicted on Official Misconduct

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM

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General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson has been indicted on four counts of official misconduct by a Shelby County Grand Jury.

From the Shelby County District Attorney's office:
According to the indictment, Jackson, 51, committed the offenses while serving in his official capacity as court clerk during the fall of 2010. The six-month investigation found Jackson had violated Shelby County policies and state law when he required or directed employees to contribute or solicit funds for his own political gains.

“Our citizens place a great deal of trust and confidence in our elected and appointed officials," said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich. “When these same officials violate that trust, responsibility rests with our law enforcement community, the District Attorney’s office and our judicial system to identify it, stop it and deter it ... to restore public trust.”

Official misconduct is a Class E felony, and carries up to six years imprisonment, and a fine of not more than $3,000 dollars per count. Upon Jackson’s arraignment on the charges, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office will prosecute the case in Criminal Court.

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