Former Court Clerk Rejects Settlement

Former Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson Jr. chose to go forward with an official misconduct trial today after declining an offer of diversion, according to the Commercial Appeal. Special Judge Walter Kurtz of Nashville set a Feb. 19, 2013, trial date. Elected general sessions court clerk in 2008, Jackson was indicted last year on four felony counts, accused of pressuring clerk's office employees to give and raise money for his re-election campaign. Judges suspended him after his indictment. He lost the Democratic primary last March.