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Jackson wants to join violent anarchist group

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Former Memphis Tigers basketball player and Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson filled paperwork to join a violent anarchist group.

Jackson want's to be recognized as a member of the Sovereign Citizens, a group whose members are accused of killing two West Memphis, Ark., police officers.

"He's filed paperwork stating that he has desires of becoming a Sovereign Citizen or that he would like to be recognized as a Sovereign Citizen," said Samuel Perkins, Jackson's lawyer.

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Jackson, who is facing corruption chargers, was defiant during a court hearing an Oct. 26 court appearance, the first sign of his desire to become a Sovereign Citizen.

But when called to swear to testify of telling the truth and raising his hand in court, Jackson didn't agree with the proceedings.

The Sovereign Citizens are an anti-government extremist group that denounces the government and doesn't follow federal or state laws. The group also feels they are free from legal constraints.

In a phone conversation with FOX13 News, Jackson said he doesn't want people to get the wrong impression. He is just protecting his property.

Perkins, though, isn't sure this move by Jackson will work.

"Personally I don't think so,"  Perkins said. "There are a number of people that have filled paperwork for Sovereign Citizens. I have not known any of them to be successful at that and I don't know exactly what he is talking about doing. I haven't seen him."

Joe and Jerry Kane, who were Sovereign Citizens, shot and killed two West Memphis, Ark., police officers during a routine traffic stop in 2010.

Jackson hasn't taken such extreme actions. However, his defiance in court Oct. 26 hurt his chances for a diversion plea and now he could face stiffer penalties.

"The offer was on the table. He was suppose to take the offer the day that he was in court," Perkins said. He didn't do that so they receded the offer and set it for trial."

Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas, who at one point worked with Jackson in the clerks office, told FOX13 News he is shocked that Jackson would get involved with the group. When Thomas talked to Jackson, Jackson would not comment as to why.

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