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Community activist accused of harassing judge

Darnell Jackson Sr., a former Buffalo street gang member-turned community activist, was charged at about 2 p.m. Wednesday with aggravated harassment for allegedly putting up Facebook postings that are annoying a Buffalo City Court judge.

Jackson, 55, of Barthel Street, is accused of calling the judge “ugly” on his Facebook postings and allegedly implicating attempts to seek revenge against her, according to a Buffalo police arrest report.

The judge, whom police would not identify, told officers Jackson’s alleged actions have annoyed and alarmed her, and she said she would seek a court order of protection barring him from trying to contact her in any way.

In February, State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges ordered Jackson to serve an eight-day term in the Erie County Correctional Facility for failing to take part in a domestic violence program she had imposed in connection with a 2012 domestic violence incident in Buffalo.

In 2010, the much-arrested Jackson arranged the surrender of Riccardo M. McCray, the gunman now serving a life sentence without the chance of parole on his conviction for fatally shooting four people and wounding four others during an early morning incident outside the City Grill on Main Street on Aug. 14, 2010.

That same year, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation gave $100,000 to Jackson’s East Side Redevelopment Task Force to pay for young people to clean up vacant lots on the city’s East Side.

Jackson could not be reached Wednesday evening to comment.


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