MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - He's facing criminal charges, but that's not stopping Otis Jackson from asking for your vote to remain the General Sessions Court Clerk.
Jackson's been spending plenty of time in courtrooms and dealing with judges these days, but it has little to do with his job. He's fighting to stay out of jail.
He's accused of forcing his employees to raise money for his re-election campaign. On top of that, last spring abc24.com uncovered Jackson was giving employees hundreds of unauthorized days off work for donating to charity.
abc24.com also found that Jackson spent thousands of dollars on two Christmas parties for his employees during a county budget crunch.
Despite the criminal charges, Jackson has refused to step down. Earlier this fall Jackson and his attorney explained why.
"He feels to step down would be an admission of guilt and he firmly denies he has violated the law," stated Jackson's attorney, Jay Bailey.
"I'm a little confused because I am not sitting in a situation I am proud of," Jackson told abc24.com. "I feel I will be vindicated of the charges but I've got to go through 'til the end so I'll go through 'til the end."