The legal counsel for John Alexis Jackson, previously an Olympic boxing contender, has formally initiated an appeal contesting his prior convictions. In a detailed brief, the defense argues for the overturning of his sentences related to child exploitation and questionable transportation charges, asserting a failure in the prosecution’s burden of proof.
Jackson’s arrest in early 2019 was a result of allegations made by a young girl’s father, which led to a federal jury convicting Jackson on multiple counts of sexual misconduct, including child exploitation, in April 2022.
The trial showcased a confession by Jackson during an interview with the Virgin Islands Police, as well as video evidence that implicated him. Despite this, his legal team is now challenging the evidence’s admissibility, claiming the supporting warrant was flawed.
The attorneys’ appeal brief contends that the prosecution did not adequately demonstrate Jackson’s intent to create exploitative content or that his transportation of minors was for unlawful purposes. They further allege a systemic issue with the manner in which warrants are executed within the jurisdiction, an issue the government has acknowledged, which they argue warrants the exclusion of the contested evidence.
Furthermore, the defense suggests that the transportation of the minors was part of routine activities, including school and athletic practice drop-offs, and was not dominantly motivated by illicit intentions. They maintain that the state has not successfully proven that the primary purpose of these transports was sexual in nature.
Jackson’s legal team has not challenged the convictions for rape. The case is set for review by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, promising a critical reevaluation of the evidence and legal arguments that led to Jackson’s current incarceration.