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Commodore Jackson

Other Cook County, IL Exonerations for Weapon Possession/Sale
On December 6, 2006, 25-year-old Commodore Jackson was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

On February 28, 2007, Jackson pled guilty in Cook County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Ultimately, he spent two years and eight months in custody from the date of his arrest.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Jackson had been convicted was unconstitutional. The statute said that a person committed the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when a person “carries on or about his person or in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm and the firearm is uncased, loaded and immediately accessible.”

The court held that this portion of the statute violated the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In March 2020, Jackson, represented by attorney Joel Flaxman, filed a motion to vacate the conviction based on the Aguilar ruling. After the motion was granted on September 25, 2020, Jackson’s conviction was vacated and the charge was dismissed.

Jackson was granted a certificate of innocence on November 23, 2020. Flaxman filed a claim with the Illinois Court of Claims seeking compensation for Jackson. In May 2021, the court of claims awarded him $45,000 and an additional $15,000 for his attorney.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 2/21/2022
Last Updated: 2/21/2022
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2006
Sentence:3 years
Age at the date of reported crime:25
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No