Convicted judge reportedly suffers heart attack

December 30, 2009 9:14:04 AM PST
A Harris County criminal court-at-law judge who resigned following his conviction of official oppression is hospitalized after suffering heart trouble. Judge Donald Jackson's resignation is effective Thursday. According to a Harris County court official, Jackson is in a south Texas hospital after experiencing heart-related problems last week. His condition apparently worsened yesterday. He is reportedly listed as stable, and will be transported back to Houston by medical ambulance.

A 28-year-old drunk driving defendant 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.