June 1, 2017
A former federal prosecutor has been found in criminal contempt of court after accusing a longtime Cook County judge of racism and unethical collusion with a high-ranking county prosecutor.
The action against George Jackson III came in a case in which he has been defending his brother, Anthony, against murder charges.
On Thursday, Anthony Jackson became angry at Judge James Linn — the target of his attorney brother’s barbs — on learning his hearing was canceled when his newly appointed assistant public defender failed to show. The two talked over each other until Jackson, restrained in shackles, was removed from the courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
“So you’re forcing me out of the courthouse?” Jackson yelled as he was led away to a back room, where he could be heard screaming.
George Jackson was held in contempt of court last month by Judge Dennis Porter, who found the veteran attorney had “intentionally embarrassed and hindered the court in the orderly administration of justice” with his accusations against Linn.
In the order signed May 24, Porter wrote that Jackson “demonstrates an alarming lack of civility before the court.”
Jackson had sought to have his brother’s murder case moved to a different judge, accusing Linn of bias against the defense. His motion indicated that Linn, however, had granted his brother a retrial.
Jackson’s brother had earlier been convicted of murder in the beating death of Sanchez Mixon on a CTA platform in March 2013. The brother claimed self-defense.