George Jackson III, a former federal prosecutor and former Polsinelli shareholder, has been temporarily banned from a Chicago criminal courthouse — unless accompanied by sheriff’s deputies — after being held in criminal contempt four times. Jackson also faces possible suspension — the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended a three-year suspension until further notice for his behavior.
Jackson, whose LinkedIn profile now says he’s the managing partner of something called the Dred Scott law firm, earned the discipline while representing his brother in a criminal case. Anthony Jackson was ultimately convicted of murder after claiming he acted in self-defense for beating a stranger on a train platform. During the course of his brother’s criminal cases, there were two trials after Jackson helped his brother obtain a retrial after his first conviction, Jackson filed court documents filled with sexually explicit tangents, displayed hostility to Jewish people, and accused judges and prosecutors in the case of conspiring against his brother.
The ABA Journal summarizes Jackson’s behavior:
• Alleged that the first judge in the case was biased against him and criticized the judge for an in-chambers meeting with a prosecutor. The judge had told Jackson that he and the prosecutor were discussing closed cases and DNA evidence.
• Said the judge “forever foreclosed his ability to be a fair judge” in matters involving Cook County prosecutors. Jackson said the “miscreant behaviors” of the judge and the prosecutor were “in a word, stupid.” And he said the judge “mirrors in clone-like fashion the Jack Nicholson character Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men, a narcissist with unchecked hubris freely and knowingly violating rules he considers being nothing more than inconvenient nuisances.”
• Included a graphic description of the abduction of two “Jewish females,” a “mother and pre-bat mitzvah daughter,” and the rape of the fictional daughter by “Guy Black, aka ‘Meatman,’ a moniker bestowed on Guy because of his physical endowment.”
• Wrote: “What better way to emasculate a cadre of African American and Hispanic male defendants than to have them prosecuted by white women at the direction of a pseudo Black woman guided by a Jewish man, and under the presiding control of a white judge, who in turn meets in private with the Jewish man in promoting the goals of the pseudo Black woman?” Jackson said his mention of a “pseudo Black woman guided by a Jewish man” was a reference to Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx and his opposing counsel.
• Alleged that judges are demonstrating “extremely diabolical prejudice” against him, and that one of the judges is “woefully intellectually challenged.”
• Said “a Jew or white man” would never be banned from the courthouse as he was. The requirement that he be accompanied by deputies, he said, was akin to ordering a Jewish man to “take this train to mandatory summer camp.”
• In a motion titled “Modern-Day Emmett Till,” said one white female prosecutor was “entirely unattractive,” although she “thankfully she lacks the feminine hygiene slight body odor of her former co-prosecutor.”
• In a motion for a change of venue, said Cook County judges “have concertedly manifested a street-gang psychosis of protecting its imagined turf and fellow members instead of following the law.”
The hearing board called Jackson’s behavior “egregious,” and his comments about opposing counsel “were reprehensible and have no place in the practice of law.” They also noted that Jackson continued to justify his comments and “displayed little to no recognition of or remorse for the impact his derogatory remarks had on others.”
Despite Jackson’s denial that the “stress of representing his brother in a murder trial affected his behavior, the fact that the misconduct was related only to that representation suggests otherwise.”
Jackson has not yet commented on the board’s recommendation.
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