Skip to comments.Late Mayor Jackson's son out on bail after marijuana charge
Posted on 01/03/2004 5:43:40 PM PST by madprof98
The son of the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson was released from Fulton County Jail on New Year's Day after posting $10,000 bond on felony drug charges.
Maynard Holbrook "Buzzy" Jackson III, 32, had been scheduled to make an 11 a.m. first appearance Friday before a magistrate judge in the jail courtroom.
Jackson was arrested New Year's Eve at about 5 p.m. after he allegedly sold undercover officers $160 worth of marijuana --- about 25 grams --- at a house in Inman Park. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and with selling it. A total of $230 worth of marijuana was recovered from the home at 422 Sinclair Ave., police said. Two other men were arrested with him.
Atlanta attorney Mark Trigg said he arranged for Jackson's release on bond after receiving a phone call from Jackson's mother, Bunnie Jackson-Ransom.
Trigg said he contacted Fulton State Court Judge Craig Schwall, a former county magistrate, who granted Jackson $5,000 bond on each of the two drug charges. Jackson posted bond at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, police said. Schwall was unavailable for comment Friday.
"It's not uncommon at all in situations like this to reach a judge [on a holiday] who will entertain an application for bond," said Trigg.
"This practice is pretty common, and it happens across the board for average citizens who are arrested over weekends and holidays," Trigg said.
Jackson was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder at age 17, his mother said. But by then it became hard to get him on a strict medical routine, Jackson-Ransom said.
"He rebelled, and when you study ADD, you see that most people medicate themselves and their drug of choice is marijuana," she said. "We were never able to get him to sustain a program, because at that time he had been satisfied with the treatment that he had chosen."
According to an August 2003 release by the National Institutes of Health, severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children may be as great a predictor of substance abuse problems as a family history of substance abuse.
Jackson-Ransom said she is not giving her son any slack.
"Having marijuana was wrong and I am not saying that this is an excuse," she said. "However, you have to look at the history and see that he is not on the street selling drugs. He is not a drug pusher, and he is not a drug addict."
She said her son was at home with his family Friday, resting.
"Buzzy is my son, I love him unconditionally. . . . I am no different than any other mother. The only thing that makes this special is his name is Maynard Jackson," said Jackson-Ransom.
Buzzy Jackson is the only son of the late Mayor Jackson, the city's first African-American mayor, who died last June.
In September 2002, the former mayor created the American Voters League --- a nonpartisan group intended to increase the number of voters in local, state and national elections --- and installed his son as one of the leaders.
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Now we know how he got the nickname "Buzzy"