Attorney’s trial set to begin today

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Several motions to suppress evidence were denied Monday by thespecial judge appointed to rule in the case of a McComb attorneyaccused of selling marijuana to an inmate in the Lincoln Countyjail.

Judge Al Johnson, a special court judge appointed by theMississippi Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the prosecution Mondayin the case against John Jackson.

“I denied all the motions to suppress evidence,” Johnson said.”I just found there was no legal basis to order the evidencesuppressed.”

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Charles Miller, Jackson’s attorney, filed several motionstargeting specific pieces of evidence and asked Johnson to considerbarring them from the courtroom for several reasons, including thatthey were obtained illegally.

The judge heard testimony earlier this month from both sides ofthe case.

One of the defense’s motions remained to be addressed Monday,however. Johnson had previously granted a change of venue fromLincoln County to Amite County because of pre-trial publicity, butMiller claims the move did not help his case. He said his clientcould not receive a fair trial in Amite County either because itwas also in the local media’s coverage area. Miller submitted asecond change of venue motion and requested the trial be moved toWilkinson County.

“The motion specifically requests Wilkinson County and says noother county in this district would be suitable to ensure a fairtrial,” Johnson said.

The motion was denied.