Former White Hall Mayor Sentenced - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Former White Hall Mayor Sentenced

The former mayor of White Hall begins serving two years probation today for violating the state's ethics law. John Jackson learned his fate Wednesday as part of a plea deal.

Jackson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of intentionally using his position as mayor of White Hall for political gain.

Wednesday, a judge sentenced Jackson to a year in jail which was suspended and two years probation which he began  Jackson also had to pay court cost and report to a community corrections program along with paying back the $43,000 he took from the city.

The former mayor admitted he loaned the city money and later took it back with the interest.  His attorney says Jackson made an honest mistake.  "What he is guilty of is trying too hard to help but not following all the rules of the law.  I have said before to him and to others, everything that's legal is not right and everything that's right is not legal.  What he was trying to do was a perfectly legal thing he just didn't go about it in a legal way," explained Jackson's Attorney Hank Sanders.

According to Jackson's Attorney for the past 10 years, Jackson hasn't taken a dime for his work as mayor of White Hall because the city didn't have the money to pay him. 

Sanders also says he hasn't spoke to his client about his political future.  Sanders says Jackson can run for mayor of White Hall again during the next citywide election in two years.

  • NewsMore>>

  • The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:13:57 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:23 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:23:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. In emails obtained by The Associated Press, George Nader claims...

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>

    A top Trump fundraiser and a senior adviser to a UAE crown prince ran a secretive campaign, trading lobbying against Qatar for defense contracts from Gulf countries.

    More >>
  • Mom blogs howl over 'Show Dogs' movie, say it teaches kids its OK to let strangers touch them

    Mom blogs howl over 'Show Dogs' movie, say it teaches kids its OK to let strangers touch them

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:29 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:29:27 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:15 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:15:41 GMT

    The blogs said the PG-rated movie teaches children that it’s OK for them to let strangers touch their private parts.

    More >>

    The blogs said the PG-rated movie teaches children that it’s OK for them to let strangers touch their private parts.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Trump doesn't like Kim Jong Un's attitude change

    The Latest: Trump doesn't like Kim Jong Un's attitude change

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-05-22 14:32:52 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:15 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:15:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E). FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, a news vendor counts her money near a stack of newspapers with a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on its front page  in Singapore. U.S. We...(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E). FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, a news vendor counts her money near a stack of newspapers with a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on its front page in Singapore. U.S. We...

    President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still weeks away, but a colorful commemorative coin of the two leaders is ready to go.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still weeks away, but a colorful commemorative coin of the two leaders is ready to go.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly