State suspends indicted judge

September 8, 2009 5:41:11 PM PDT
The state has suspended a Harris County criminal court-at-law judge under indictment for allegedly offering to help a defendant in exchange for sex. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended 59-year-old Judge Donald Jackson with pay on Tuesday. That's after a Harris County grand jury indicted him last month on an official oppression count.

The indictment accuses Jackson of offering a young female drunken-driving defendant "a different attorney to get her case dismissed." In return, Jackson allegedly wanted her consent to "a relationship with him that was more than a one-night stand."

His attorney, Clay Rawlings, has said his client is not guilty.

If convicted, Jackson could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. ABC13 has confirmed he'll continue to receive his $140,000-a-year salary while on suspension.

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