COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – A notable Columbus criminal defense lawyer who was as soon as a prosecutor has been picked by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the vacant Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s occupation.
Stacey Jackson, 47, has been tabbed to change Mark Jones, who is presently serving a jail sentence right after a November public corruption conviction.
Kemp’s office environment verified the alternative to Information 3 late Monday evening. It is not apparent nonetheless when Jackson will presume his new duties. He is at present symbolizing Tommie Mullins Jr., in the 2018 murder of rapper Branden Denson. The situation is staying prosecuted by Acting DA Sheneka Terry, who also sought the permanent position. She notified her employees by using e-mail on Friday she did not get the career.
Any scenario Jackson is currently involved in will have to have to go to an exterior legal professional, a course of action that is typically referred to as conflict council.
Jackson has been in personal follow considering the fact that 2008. Operating as a spouse at Hagler, Jackson and Walters, Jackson has turn into just one of the region’s top legal protection attorneys.
Prior to that he spent just about 8 years as a prosecutor in the Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney’s Business office.
Jackson will provide out the remainder of Jones’ time period. The office will be on the ballot in 2024. Jackson claimed he ideas to search for election at that time.
Jackson will try to deliver security to an workplace that has been in flux for just about two years.
In May perhaps 2020, Jones ran a non-regular campaign centered on social media and defeated three-expression incumbent Julia Slater. One particular of Jones’ marketing campaign platforms was to tackle the backlog of cases that experienced accrued in the business.
Jones’ initially transfer was to fireplace most of the senior prosecutors in the business office.
But he ran into legal challenges of his nearly immediately. Jones fell under a GBI investigation in the early months of his tenure. That investigation heated up when a Columbus Law enforcement Department bodycam movie surfaced displaying an apparently intoxicated Jones inquiring a detective to lie less than oath so that a manslaughter cost could be upgraded to the additional severe demand of murder.
Jones was taken off from workplace in November soon after he pleaded guilty to 4 counts of public corruption as a jury was deliberating his destiny.
Terry, Jones’ major assistant, has been serving as acting district legal professional due to the fact Oct when Kemp suspended Jones pursuing a September indictment.
Terry utilized to swap Jones and was interviewed by the governor past month.
On the defense side, Jackson has won a range of large-profile situations, but most likely none a lot more significant profile than the 2014 cold-circumstance acquittal of Jackson’s shopper Kareem Lane. He was acquitted of the 1992 murder of Jim Burns, then the superintendent of Muscogee County educational institutions.
Jackson is a indigenous of Harris County, who attended college or university at Albany Condition College and gained his regulation diploma at the College of Dayton.
Pete Temesgen has been appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp to serve on the Condition Court of Muscogee County. Temesgen has previously been an assistant district lawyer in Columbus and a regulation clerk to the Honorable Benjamin Richardson and Honorable John Allen.