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Media Pressure Leads Brunswick DA Jackie Johnson to Recuse Herself from Another Case

As negative publicity continues to dirty the waters of her tenure, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson has recused herself from a case in which she has a great conflict of interest, according to records from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. 

As negative publicity continues to dirty the waters of her tenure, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson has recused herself from a case in which she has a great conflict of interest, according to records from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. 

AllOnGeorgia published a story last week which detailed Johnson’s skirting of the law with regard to a case involving the Glynn County Police Department police chief, a PD employee, and two former employees. Johnson appointed her own special prosecutor, in conflict with state law, and still continued to advise on the case despite the supposed recusal. The article was a follow-up to a February piece which highlighted Johnson’s conflicts ahead of the grand jury indictment and compounded the avalanche of allegations of wrongdoings that Johnson has been fending off since news broke of her office’s mishandling of the Ahmaud Arbery case earlier this year. You can read the full piece here

But Johnson has changed her position on the Glynn County PD case. According to paperwork obtained by AllOnGeorgia from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Johnson has now requested the state appoint a prosecutor to handle the case entirely – three months after the indictment and more than six months after she initially appointed former Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Lawson. 

In her letter to the Attorney General, Johnson only cited the defendant’s former employment with the Glynn County Police Department as the reason for the conflict. She did note that the case had been indicted already and that the defendants were out on bond. 

As stated in a June 9 article on AllOnGeorgia, Johnson’s delay in seeking an appointment due to a conflict of interest conflicts with state law and the ethical standards of the legal profession.

OCGA 15-18-5 requires that when conflicts of interest arise, the district attorney contact the Attorney General’s Office for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Similarly, “Once you have a conflict, the prosecutor’s office is done — no indictments, no accusations, no bonds and no finding a substitute prosecutor,” annual training presentations by both the Georgia Attorney General’s office and the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia read. 

JOE MULHOLLAND

DA Joe Mulholland

The appointment of a prosecutor from another circuit could mean a number of things for the case – continuing the case, halting prosecution entirely, or taking it back before a different grand jury. The Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday that District Attorney Joe Mulholland in the South Georgia District Circuit has agreed to take the case. The SGD Circuit encompasses Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Grady and Mitchell counties in southwest Georgia. 

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    Russell Netti

    June 29, 2020 at 6:03 am

    Jackie Johnson a joke. She doesn’t know her head from her ass. She must of gotten her law degree from Walmart. This woman is totally incompetent or just thinks she is the law and makes it up as she seems fit. But i will admit she fits in with all the others in the Brunswick judicial system. The hammer going to come down on all those self righteous morons that skirt the law. There do as i say not as i do antics are starting to get exposed and i hope they do time behind bars then have to out up with corrections officers like MAJOR RANDY AUSTIN AND THE GOONES THEY PROTECTED . KARMA.

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    Russell Netti

    June 29, 2020 at 6:09 am

    I totaly agree. That whole Brunswick police department sherriff department lead bye neil jump n his incompetent hillbillies should all do time. The days of good ole tough love and southern justice is about to be handed to these law breaking hippocrates.

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