Prosecutor In Noura Jackson Trial Faces State Board

MEMPHIS, TN - Noura Jackson speaks out for the first time since getting out of prison.

Prosecutors say she stabbed her mother more than 50 times inside their east Memphis home. She served 12 years after being convicted of second degree murder.

But the 2009 conviction was overturned because of prosecutor misconduct. Prosecutor Steven Jones faced a state board today which regulates lawyer's licenses. Jones is facing ethical misconduct charges. These are not criminal charges against the prosecutor. They are connected to his license to practice law.

The State Board of Professional Responsibility is trying to decide if he should be reprimanded for what happened in the Noura Jackson case.

Jackson was in the courtroom today listening to the hearing.

Only Local 24 was there when she was released from prison last month. In 2014 her conviction was overturned. Jackson later took what's called an Alford plea on a lesser charge so she could get out of prison.

During today's hearing, a lawyer for the prosecutor said, while a key statement from a witness named Andrew Hammock was not turned over until after the trial was over, it was a mistake. Nothing unethical was done.

After the hearing, Jackson read a short statement.

"Andrew Hammock was the only person to testify i was at my home that night. My lawyers repeatedly argued for the state to release the evidence but the prosecutors denied it existed. The prosecutors in this case deceived the judge, my lawyers, and the jury by hiding a very important piece of evidence. The prosecutors then allowed that witness to perjure himself on the stand and didn't do anything to stop it. This should never be allowed and trust me when I say I'm not the only person this has happened to."

Jackson wouldn't answer any questions from reporters.

The state panel is expected to decide next week if the case will continue. In addition to Jones, District Attorney Amy Weirich is also facing disciplinary action connected to her closing statement during the Jackson trial. Her case will be heard next month. 


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