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Jackson released on bond, faces perjury trial

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Quentin Jackson

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By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HERTFORD — Hertford Town Councilman Quentin Jackson has been released on bond after spending 11 nights at Albemarle District Jail.

Jackson, who was jailed by Superior Court Judge J.C. Cole earlier this month for failing to appear in Perquimans Superior Court for an administrative hearing, was released Monday after posting a $14,000 cash bond.

Jackson could not be reached for comment following his release. 

The Hertford councilor, currently in his first term, has a number of outstanding legal matters still before the court. He has appealed a District Court judge’s ruling finding him guilty of assault on a government official. It was in fact his desire to modify the terms of his release following Judge Eula Reid’s decision — she ruled he could not be near fellow Councilor Sid Eley — that brought him to Cole’s courtroom earlier this month.

Jackson also has appealed District Judge Edgar Barnes’ ruling last year finding him guilty of resisting a police officer following a traffic stop in Hertford on Feb. 1, 2018. 

A Hertford police officer had pulled over Jackson’s SUV after observing that instead of a license plate, the vehicle bore a makeshift tag made of a popcorn box with letters and numbers written on it.

Besides charging Jackson with displaying a fictitious license tag, the officer also charged him with resisting a police officer. The second charge came as a result of the councilman’s refusal, the officer said, to get back in his vehicle after being ordered to do so. 

Barnes ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Jackson of displaying a fictitious tag. However, he did find sufficient evidence that the councilman had resisted the officer’s directive.

Barnes sentenced Jackson to 10 days in jail. The sentence is still on hold, however, because Jackson appealed the ruling to Superior Court and the matter hasn’t been resolved.

Jackson’s next appearance in court will be on March 25 when he faces a felony perjury charge arising from his testimony in the resisting an officer case.

Jackson was indicted by a Perquimans grand jury in late April 2018 for allegedly lying to court officials during his District Court trial before Barnes. The grand jury found that when Jackson was asked by prosecutors whether he was on parole at the time he was stopped by the Hertford police officer, he testified he wasn’t. Court records, however, showed that he was.

Jackson was still on probation at the time of the traffic stop for his conviction in Dare County in 2016 for accessing a computer without proper authority.

Jackson was asked about his probation in the Dare County case because he had a pistol on the seat of his SUV when he was stopped — a violation of the terms of that probation.

The judge scheduled to preside at Jackson’s perjury trial is Judge Alma L. Hinton of Halifax County. Hinton is the senior resident Superior Court judge for the 6A Judicial District.

Hinton was appointed by former Gov. Mike Easley in 2004 and re-elected to the court in 2012. Her current term expires in 2020.

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