Michael Jackson, who represents Bibb, Dallas, Hale, Perry and Wilcox counties, has been named District Attorney of the Year by the Alabama District Attorneys Association. This high honor was announced at the Association’s annual conference. Mr. Jackson is the first African-American to win this award. He is also the only African-American District Attorney currently serving in Alabama. Mr. Jackson serves in the 4th Judicial Circuit, which incidentally is the state’s largest geographical district. He was elected in 2004 and is now serving his second six-year term.
Mr. Jackson received national attention for his work on a case reaching back to the Civil Rights movement. In 2010, he was able to re-open a case against James Bonard Fowler, a former Alabama State Trooper who was accused of murdering 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson (no relation), a civil rights protester, in 1965. The murder inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, which eventually paved the way for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two weeks before he was scheduled to go to trial, and 45 years after the murder, the now 77-year-old Fowler pleaded guilty to the killing.
Other notable cases handled by District Attorney Jackson and his staff include a 2012 capital murder case that involved the drive-by-shooting of a 3-year-old child; and the trial and conviction of a former state representative and high school principal charged with sexual misconduct with a student in Wilcox County. In my opinion, which obviously is shared by his peers, Michael Jackson has done an outstanding job in his role as District Attorney.
When presented with the District Attorney of the Year Award, Mr. Jackson said that he was very honored that his colleagues picked him for this award. He gave much of the credit to what he described as a really good staff. He also said that they have very good relationships with the law enforcement agencies in his circuit. Mr. Jackson added that this relationship “helps everything come together to get justice for victims.” Michael Jackson clearly deserves the honor bestowed on him by his peers. We commend him and wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors.
Sources: Tuscaloosa News, WSFA, and Democracynow.org
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