Noura Jackson Preparing For Civil Case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - (localmemphis.com) - One month after getting out of prison, Noura Jackson is preparing for another legal battle, this time in civil court. She was convicted of stabbing her mother to death in their East Memphis home in 2005, but the verdict was later overturned.

Now, her mother's brother and two sisters want control of Jennifer Jackson's million-plus dollar estate.

After Noura Jackson's original conviction on second degree murder was overturned, she struck a deal for a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter and entered what's is called an "Alford Plea", which basically means she maintained her innocence, but admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to find her guilty. Her lawyers say she now has a job and is settling into life as a free woman.

 "I think it's a big adjustment for her. She been in jail over 10 years," said Thomas Greer, Jackson's lawyer.

Noura Jackson's aunts and uncle are trying to get control of her mother's estate. In order to do that, they have to prove in civil court, that Jackson killed her mother. 

Jackson's lawyers say for Noura, this isn't about money. It's about her finally getting a fair trial, one they say she didn't get in 2009.

"There were problems with not only the administration of justice and evidence, but real problems with just the basic forensic evidence in the case. There is someone else's DNA that was on Jennifer Jackson. Someone else's blood, and the really good thing about having this trial is we are hoping to identify whose DNA is on Jennifer Jackson and we hope to identify the killer," said Michael Working, Jackson's lawyer. 

"She lost her mother at a young age, she was put in jail for something she didn't do, and now there is an effort to take away what is rightfully hers," said Greer.

"They have to prove it's Noura, and they get to keep the money, and that's what they are trying to do," said Working.

 The civil case is set to go to trial next summer.  District Attorney Amy Weirich and an assistant prosecutor are accused of misconduct in the criminal trial. The assistant prosecutor goes before the ethics board for a hearing next week. Weirich's hearing is scheduled for October.


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