Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes corruption, announced yesterday that Jesse Lee Peterson, et al., v. Jesse
Jackson, et al. will go to trial on January 17, 2006, in LA County Superior Court after a ruling last week by Judge George H. Wu. The lawsuit stems
from a meeting in 2001, where Jesse Jackson threatened - verbally assaulted Rev. Peterson that nearly started a riot.
Judicial Watch's lawsuit stems from a public meeting held in Los Angeles, California on December 10, 2001 to discuss participation in Toyota's "21st
Century Diversity Strategy," which had been announced after Jackson and Rainbow/PUSH threatened to boycott Toyota. After remarks from Jackson and
Toyota representative Irving Miller, the meeting was opened up to questions from the audience. Rev. Peterson asked Miller if black Republicans and
conservative groups like his organization, Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), would have to go through Rev. Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH in
order to participate in the Toyota program.
Jackson told the crowd, "And the issue, for the record ... is not conservative or liberal. The issue is certain parasites trying to pick up fruit from
trees they didn't shake." Rev. Peterson testified that after the "parasite" comment, the crowd became "more hostile....Some of the words I can't even
Within minutes following adjournment of the meeting, Jonathan Jackson struck Rev. Peterson and Rev. Peterson was physically threatened and verbally
assaulted by both Jesse Jackson and Jonathan Jackson. Incited by Jackson's earlier remarks, an angry crowd gathered, cursing, shoving and encircling
Rev. Peterson and one of his associates. "I feared for my life," said Peterson.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, "Jesse Jackson attempted to use every legal trick at his disposal to have this case dismissed, and he
failed. This trial is a major step in holding Jackson accountable for his actions."
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For years Reverend Jackson has been walking around like a Roman candle just waiting to explode, well here is his chance.
What makes this so exciting is the fact it is his peers who have filed the lawsuit. It is about time someone held him accountable for his rude/crude