On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois issued an order suspending Chicago attorney George Jackson III from practicing law for three years.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of George Jackson III,” with case no. 2021PR00102.

According to the recommendation, Jackson III directed disrespectful and derogatory remarks about judges and opposing counsel while representing his brother in a first-degree murder trial. Specifically, Jackson III suggested in court filings that a judge “mirrors in clone-like fashion” an arrogant character from the movie ‘A Few Good Men’ and “will be met with the same fate.”

As a result of his statements, Jackson III was held in criminal contempt of court on four separate occasions. The disciplinary commission charged him with violations including engaging in disruptive conduct, making false statements about a judge’s integrity, and committing crimes that reflect poorly on his fitness as an attorney. At the hearing, Jackson III expressed regret for his choice of language but maintained he did not do anything wrong.

Despite Jackson III having no prior disciplinary record in his nearly 40-year legal career, the hearing board recommended a three-year suspension due to aggravating factors such as a pattern of impugning judges. The board noted Jackson III’s “steadfast denial of wrongdoing and his inability to perceive the unethical nature of his conduct.” The Supreme Court then approved the suspension handed down by the disciplinary commission.

Following the recommendation, an order was issued by the Illinois Supreme Court. The order approved and confirmed the report and recommendation from the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to suspend Jackson III’s law license.

The Disposition states:

“Motion by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to approve and confirm the report and recommendation of the Hearing Board. Allowed. Respondent George Jackson III is suspended from the practice of law for three (3) years and until further order of the Court.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Jackson III is an antitrust & trade law attorney in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, graduating in 1985. He acquired his law license in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.