Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder
If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.
Present in court on Thursday, Jackson entered a plea of not guilty. A date for a pretrial was scheduled for Oct. 9, and a preliminary hearing on Nov. 3. He remains out of custody on bail of $25,000.
Although the investigation into Jackson's case is ongoing, Orange County District Attorney spokesperson
As for Jackson's not guilty plea, Emami said that was not surprising. In fact, it is in line with how most defendants go through the legal process. "It's common. Any case that goes to a pretrial or preliminary hearing or a trial stage, the defendant pleads not guilty in order to move through the process in that way. So more often than not, defendants plead not guilty."
Despite his status as a celebrity due to his fighting career, Jackson shouldn't expect to be treated any differently than other defendants either. Yes, because of who he is, his face was plastered all over the media, including celebrity gossip and news website TMZ.com.
"Absolutely not," stated Emami about any special handling in Jackson's case, however. "We're charging this case against based on the crimes that were committed, and our job is to make sure that we charge cases fairly. So in this case, we took the evidence, we took the actions of the defendant, and we made a criminal filing decision based on what Mr. Jackson did."
With the pretrial scheduled for October and preliminary hearing in November, it is too early in the case to estimate a time frame for Jackson's case. If it goes to a full trial, the outcome is open ended.
"That would depend on how the case plays out. If this case goes to trial, it could take any amount of time just depending on the availability of parties, including the prosecution, the defense, and the judge," informed Emami.
In the meantime, according to a report by Kevin Iole of
White told Iole that Jackson would fight and that he and UFC Chairman
Current speculation has him returning to the Octagon on Nov. 15 at UFC 91 in Portland, Ore. No opponent has been named, but rumors have zeroed in on