Tallahassee Reports has learned that Dr. Erwin Jackson was recently served with a subpoena to testify at the trial of John Thomas Burnette.
An image of the subpoena is provided below.
Burnette was first indicted on corruption charges in May of 2019. In October a federal grand jury returned a nine-count superseding indictment related to a controversial vote by the Tallahassee City Commission involving a potential hotel development.
Sources have told TR that a number of witness subpoena’s have been served to current and former City of Tallahassee officials over the last week.
The document indicates that the Jackson subpoena was requested by Tim Jansen, the attorney representing Mr. Burnett.
Mr. Jansen has not responded to TR’s request for a comment.
Dr. Jackson, who has publicly accused local officials of corrupt activities for years, will now get a chance to participate in a trial that is based, in part, on an FBI undercover operation that took place in Tallahassee.
Former Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox and his associate recently plead guilty on corruption charges related to the investigation.
Jackson told TR that he “was a little surprised to receive the attached subpoena to testify for the defense. I will certainly offer my assistance to secure justice for all involved.”
The subpoena asked that the witness appear at the United States Courthouse on April 20, 2020 at 9 a.m.