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Court disbars McComb lawyer

McComb attorney John Jackson Jr. was disbarred by theMississippi Supreme Court Wednesday.

The disbarment is in effect, pending the results of an appeal ofhis Feb. 12 conviction for selling marijuana in the Lincoln CountyJail. In addition to being barred from practicing law, the sentencepassed down by the Amite County Circuit Court included servingthree years in the custody of the Mississippi Department ofCorrections, a $25,000 fine and court costs. Jackson is serving histime on house arrest.

Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson’s involvement in thecase made the disbarment passed down by the circuit courtofficial.

Dickinson ruled Wednesday that his court has “exclusive inherentjurisdiction over an attorney and his/her license to practice lawin this state” in responding to a March 4 motion filed by theMississippi Bar.

The Bar accused Jackson of “unprofessional and unethical conductevincing unfitness for the practice of law” and requested animmediate suspension.

Jackson responded July 15, citing numerous defenses, including aclaim that the Supreme Court should wait on its ruling until hisappeal on the criminal conviction is completed.