The attorney who has been involved the longest in the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department corruption scandal asked a judge to let him withdraw from the case.
Columbus attorney Stacey Jackson filed a one-page motion at 5 p.m. Monday asking Chief Superior Court Judge John Allen to remove him from representation of Herman Porter, one of three men charged with misappropriation of more than $200,000 related to a Nike-sponsored youth basketball team that was affiliated with a city-funded program.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Allen had not ruled on the motion.
During a Columbus Police investigation that started in late May, Jackson represented at least nine clients -- eight of who worked for Parks and Recreation. Jackson’s involvement in the case coincided with the police investigation, ordered by Mayor Jim Wetherington.
Two Parks and Rec employees — Director Tony Adams and Porter — have been charged with two felonies in connection with what police claim was the theft of city money. East Marietta Basketball Inc., Director of Basketball Operations William Fox has also been charged with one felony what police claim was a criminal conspiracy.
Attorney representing the accused argue that the money was never city funds and have asked the judge to dismiss the charges.
Adams has since been fired from his city post last month, while Porter remains suspended without pay.
Before Adams and Porter were arrested in late August and Fox in September, Jackson represented all three men. He also represented six other Parks and Recreation employees the police wanted to question, according to the city attorney’s office.
Jackson could not be reached for comment.
Atlanta criminal defense attorney Manny Arora will continue to represent Porter, Jackson’s motion states. Adams is being represented by Columbus attorney Shevon Sutcliffe Thomas and Fox is being represented by Columbus attorney Frank Martin.
On Oct. 15, Allen held a hearing on the district attorney’s motion to have Jackson removed from the case for conflict of interest. Jackson spent more than 30 minutes as a witness during the hearing as he was questioned by Martin and Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker.