Local judge resigns after oppression conviction

December 29, 2009 12:36:27 PM PST
A Harris County criminal court-at-law judge has resigned following his conviction of official oppression for trying to woo a woman facing a drunken-driving charge in his court. Judge Donald Jackson's resignation, delivered Tuesday in a one-sentence letter to county commissioners, is effective Thursday.

A 28-year-old woman accused Jackson of offering her a better court-appointed attorney if she'd agree to a romantic relationship.

A jury convicted Jackson of the misdemeanor earlier this month.

The judge was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years probation, 200 hours of community service, a $4,000 fine and must take legal ethics courses. The jail term and fine were maximums. He's free while his conviction is under appeal.