A Hillsborough County (Florida) judge who lectured South Florida football coach Charlie Strong and one of his players for the team's off-field behavior on Thursday voluntarily recused herself from a case involving Bulls defensive end LaDarrius Jackson, who is charged with felony sexual battery and false imprisonment. Judge Margaret Taylor, a USF alumnus, told Jackson in court on Wednesday that she "was never ashamed of being an alum until now" and questioned whether Strong, the Bulls' first-year coach, had proper control of his players. After Taylor's comments went viral Wednesday night, she submitted an order of disqualification Thursday morning, which removes her as the judge in Jackson's case, according to Hillsborough County Circuit Court records. USF campus police arrested Jackson, 22, on Monday night. According to police, Jackson allegedly assaulted a female acquaintance Monday afternoon in student housing. He is being held on $102,000 bond, according to online court records. Jackson is the second Bulls player to be charged with a violent crime in the past two months. In late March, defensive back Hassan Childs was charged with aggravated assault and marijuana possession in a road rage incident in which he was shot three times. The shooter, Jovanni Jimenez, told police he fired in self-defense, saying Childs pointed a gun at him, his wife and 3-year-old son. Strong later dismissed Childs from the team.
Judge recuses herself from LaDarrius Jackson case after comments toward Charlie Strong
ESPN | May 4