Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Permanently Disbarring an Arrogant Prosecutor

On the eve of Mardi Gras, the Louisiana Supreme Court permanently disbarred a former assistant city attorney of New Orleans, Darryl Jackson, who according to news reports was convicted of malfeasance in office in 2006 for accepting $500 to dismiss a drunken driving case.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jackson had the felony conviction expunged last year, but Louisiana's Office of Disciplinary Counsel had already filed misconduct charges against him in 2007. The state disciplinary board asked the state Supreme Court to permanently strip Jackson of his law license.

Why? Because of Jackson's arrogance.  The Times Picayune quotes Jackson:

"A city attorney can do whatever they want to with a case, at any time," Jackson said. "Yeah, I dismissed it. It was my church member. Did I take $500 for it? No. It's never been proven."

The Times-Picayune reports:
In an eight-page decision released Friday, a unanimous state Supreme Court revoked his law license. "Among the aggravating factors present is Jackson's absolute refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct," the court said. "We find this conduct amounts to intentional corruption of the judicial process."