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Otis Jackson accepts one year pretrial diversion

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Special-called Judge Walter Kurtz of Nashville accepted Otis Jackson's pretrial diversion, which means the prosecution of his case is suspended for one year.

Jurors waited outside while the former Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk waited inside a Memphis courtroom Tuesday morning.

Jackson was waiting for special judge Walter Kurtz of Nashville to approve his pretrial diversion.

Kurtz approved the attorney's request, meaning Jackson's charges of official misconduct will be wiped clean if he has no brushes with the law for one year.

Last October, Otis Jackson garnered Judge Walter Kurtz's attention because he did not want to be sworn in.

Jackson attributed his outbursts to becoming a sovereign citizen.

In July 2011, Otis Jackson was indicted on four felony counts of official misconduct.

Authorities said he pressured his employees in the clerk's office to raise or contribute more than $50,000 to his re-election campaign.

Under Tuesday's pretrial diversion ruling, Jackson has to pay a $30 monthly supervision fee, perform 50 hours of community service, and pay $100 to Memphis Crime Stoppers.

He also cannot seek or hold public office during the one year diversion period.

Otis Jackson's supervision will end November 19.

If he stays out of trouble, his charges will be dismissed February 19 of next year.

The district attorney's office says once his diversion is up, Otis Jackson can run for office again.

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