This story was sent to me by an anonymous reader who I assume is from the town where this alleged crime occurred, Jefferson, North Carolina. Last month in this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains 38-year-old attorney Andrew C. Jackson Jr. was arrested for allegedly planting a hidden camera inside his law firm’s bathroom. This is a felony in the state of North Carolina, however, I currently have no knowledge of what kind of sentence it carries. Personally, I hope it’s a rather lengthy one.
This isn’t Jackson’s first transgression either as he had been previously admonished by the North Carolina Bar. Jackson was believed to have allowed a former employee to embezzle funds from the firm’s bank account while Jackson advanced the funds of one client to another unrelated client which is frowned upon by the NC Bar. As far as I can tell, Jackson had his license suspended in early 2017 but the suspension was stayed for four years on the condition that Jackson kept his nose clean.
What the reader who sent me this story may not know is that I’ve spent a little time in Jefferson. While they weren’t extended stays I got a pretty good impression of this tight-knit community. I’m concerned though that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It’s a small enough town where some kind of deal could fly under the radar with little to no attention. I may not hold the gravitas of some on the internet, but at least I will be keeping a watchful eye on this story in order to post if there will be actual justice or backroom chicanery.
If you or someone you know lives in a small town or neighborhood and knows of a crime that you think deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.