STATE A.G. SIDES WITH BURLESON CO. IN JACKSON CASE

  

The state’s Attorney General has ruled that Burleson County officials may withhold some records requested in the Chester Jackson Jr. case.

Chester Jackson
(courtesy photo)

The Burleson County Tribune made the request for the open records, but the Attorney General’s office has ruled that the county may claim an exemption to some of the record requests.

Jackson was initially arrested in April on a public intoxication charge.  Houston attorney U.A. Lewis says Jackson then was transferred to an Austin psychiatric hospital where he lost consciousness, and was later transferred to St. David’s Hospital.

The newspaper requested the county release: Sheriff’s Office jail logs; booking and release documents; transportation documents; and a copy of the probable cause statement.

The county objected to the requests, citing the Texas Rangers’ ongoing investigation.

The Attorney General agreed with the county, but did order the release of some basic information, including: the complaint citation; the inmate booking report; and incident offense report.

Caldwell Police Sergeant Robert Baucom has been charged with Official Oppression in the case.

Jackson has been indicted on a charge of Assault of a Public Servant.  He continues his recovery at St. David’s Hospital.

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