Monday, February 19, 2024

Banks Will Fight

Jackson City Council President Aaron Banks will fight his DUI charges.  WLBT reported February 15:

Jackson City Council President Aaron Banks plans to challenge last month’s alleged drunk driving charge after entering a plea Tuesday afternoon in Hinds County Justice Court.

Banks pleaded not guilty to the charges of first offense driving under the influence and failure to maintain proper lanes, appearing more than twenty-four hours after his ticket showed he was supposed to appear before a judge, according to records obtained by 3 On Your Side.

A WLBT crew had been in justice court all day Tuesday -- from 9:30 a.m. until nearly 4 p.m. -- waiting for Banks to appear and enter his plea as required.

The council president showed up minutes after our crew left. Rest of article.



Anonymous said...

Did they give him a breathalyzer? He was either over the limit or not....

Anonymous said...

I'm confused as to why this is news...he plead "not guilty" before he has seen the evidence against him?

Anonymous said...

Anybody who's ever gotten a ticket in Hinds County knows the date on the ticket is just a "contact by" date and that in reality they don't require you to show up for months afterwards.

Anonymous said...

99% of DUI’s plead "Not Guilty" from my experience, ESPECIALLY if they have a lawyer. Never saw one represented plead guilty in the initial court appearance.

Anonymous said...

"Trooper, do you know who I am?"

Anonymous said...

5:36, BS. 99%? Just BS.

Anonymous said...

@6:08pm - Hey internet lawyer, actual lawyer here. 5:36pm is correct.

Anonymous said...

The DUI might help him get elected to higher office! Some voters that indulge in a few spirits and get behind the wheel understand an arrest could happen.

If Mr Banks runs and wins the Jackson Mayoral election he won’t have to drive, he will have a driver, bodyguards and a bulletproof vest at his disposal!

Anonymous said...

... (x) continuances and then arresting officer can't make it to court, charge dismissed.

Anonymous said...

Fight the man. Or own up to your ineptitude.

Anonymous said...

The "inital" appearance is a plea appearance. Nearly ALL plea not guilty. It give their attorney time to prepare the case. It does not mean he won't plead guilty at a later date.

Anonymous said...

A role model and mentor for the youths of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

This is Councilman Banks’ second DUI. Hopefully people close to him will stage an intervention as alcoholism is a progressive disease. It only gets worse over time, never better.

Anonymous said...

7:56 Law Enforcement can sit near any establishment like a restaurant, bar or club that sells liquor and wait for a couple of hours and damn near arrest 50% of the patrons!

Many drink and more than many don’t get caught!!

It’s just timing!

Anonymous said...

@ 6:18 - Has nothing to do with giving the lawyer time to prepare his case. It's simply done this way in order for arresting officers to know whether or not to show up.

Meanwhile: If Banks blew over the limit on a test given by a certified officer on calibrated equipment, he's fartin' in a whirlwind with a not guilty plea.

Anonymous said...

"Yes, your honor"...*hic*..."I'm Foster Brooks, representing my client for the defense."

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