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State board won’t file charges against Amy Weirich, Noura Jackson speaks out

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee will not be moving forward with charges against Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich related to the Noura Jackson case.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Weirich says the board agreed to privately reprimand her for any wrongdoing and stop any further proceedings in the case.

Weirich admitted that she made errors while she was the lead prosecutor on the Jackson case.

WREG spoke with Jackson, who was hoping for a harsher punishment.

"It is surreal beyond belief to see this end with the 'no deals' prosecutor accepting a plea and admitting that mistakes were made in the prosecution of this case," said Jackson.

Jackson entered an "Alford plea" for manslaughter instead of another trial.

That means she entered a guilty plea but maintains her innocence.

Before Weirich was DA, she prosecuted the case that put Jackson away for a decade for her mother's brutal murder.

According to the supplemental petition for discipline from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Weirich failed to conduct herself according to professional standards and is guilty of omission.

This alleged misconduct stems from Weirich claiming she never saw a statement from witness Andrew Hammack until after the trial was over.

The statement might have helped the case of the defense team.

However, the petition lists facts that show Weirich did know about the statement and had a “duty to familiarize herself with the record, file, and evidence of the case.”

The Board of Professional Responsibility found she failed to exercise due diligence, to the detriment of others involved in the trial, and it determined she committed violations of diligence, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and misconduct under the Rules of Professional Conduct.

So the State Supreme Court overturned her conviction, saying prosecutors went too far during the trial.

No other suspect has been identified in the case.

Jackson was clearly upset.

"The prosecutors, in this case, deceived the judge, my lawyers and the jury in this case by hiding very important evidence. The prosecutors then allowed that witness to purger himself on the stand and didn't do anything to stop it," Jackson said in September 2016.

The public will probably never know the details of Weirich's private reprimand, but if Jackson was looking for remorse from the district attorney, she didn't hear it on Monday.

"My office handles over 200,000 cases every year, and no doubt errors will be made," said Weirich. "Today is a validation no matter the sacrifice, it is imperative everyday to always to do the right thing for the right person."