DA office fires off Tweetstorm about 'pro-crime' New York Times story

Published: Aug. 3, 2017 at 4:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2017 at 5:50 PM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich fired back at a highly critical article published by New York Times.

The NYT article focused on the Noura Jackson murder case. Jackson was 18 years old when her mother was fatally stabbed 50 times in her East Memphis home in 2005.

Weirich's office was accused of withholding a key piece of evidence, which NYT said proved Jackson's innocence. Tennessee Supreme Court overturned Jackson's conviction and she eventually entered in Alford plea. Jackson walked out of prison after 12 years behind bars.

Weirich spoke to WMC Action News 5 this week in regards to the article.

"When I saw the headline, it was very evident that it was not about the truth," Weirich said.

Weirich said the author of the magazine article had an agenda.

"To push an agenda of pro-crime, anti-police, anti-prosecutors," she said.

But Weirich didn't stop there. The District Attorney General fired off a series of Tweets on Wednesday and Thursday, blasting New York Times as "pro-crime."

In the series of tweets, the DA's office used the hashtag #ProCrimeNYTimes and offered evidence they said proves Noura Jackson killed her mother, Jennifer.

One of the first tweets calls the piece a "blatant effort to create sympathy for the defendant while demonizing prosecutors."

Weirich spoke to that Tuesday, perhaps previewing her very public fight back.

"The facts don't support this pro-crime agenda, this decriminalization of violent behavior which is really what's being pushed here," she said, "We as prosecutors have a higher level of ethics than any other breed of lawyer."

You can read all of the tweets below:

Weirich said in March of this year, she agreed to accept a private reprimand from the Tennessee board of professional responsibility, meaning she wouldn't face any misconduct charges for the prosecutorial error.

Weirich released the following statement on the Twitter spree, defending the office's decision in the Jackson case.

"We decided to send some Tweets to balance out the NY Times one-sided effort to present the twice-convicted defendant as a sympathetic figure. The only sympathetic figure in this tragic case was the woman the defendant pled guilty to stabbing to death, her mother Jennifer Jackson."

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