Cicero preacher allowed to move to Georgia while waiting for fraud case
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter October 16, 2013 12:12PM
Bishop Herman Jackson arrives at the Federal Building in May. | Sun-Times files
A Cicero preacher who said this summer the “wrath of God” would visit the home of a federal judge will be allowed to move to Georgia while he awaits trial on fraud charges.
U.S. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman told Herman Jackson on Wednesday he may move to the Atlanta area by Nov. 1 — and remain under electronic monitoring — “despite some of Mr. Jackson’s antics in the past.”
Jackson, known as bishop of the Ark of Safety Apostolic Faith Temple, has been living in his Cicero church under the judge’s order for months — an arrangement she’s stressed was his idea, not hers.
The preacher and his wife, Jannette Faria, are each charged for their alleged roles in a scheme to swindle state day care funds. Jackson wound up living in his house of worship after the judge was told no friends or family members in the Chicago area were willing or able to take him in.
Coleman has been distrustful of Jackson, and she’s shot down his past requests to move to Georgia.
Then, in July, she demanded he publicly apologize after he told the Chicago Sun-Times “the wrath of God” would visit her home. He denied it was a threat — though security for the judge was increased — and he told her his comment had been misunderstood.
At the same time, Coleman also has given Jackson permission to make several short trips to the south. She pointed out Wednesday he’s so far followed the court’s orders as he traveled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, have delayed the couple’s trial from January until August — clearly frustrating the judge.
Before Jackson left her courtroom Wednesday, though, Coleman warned the preacher not to mess up.
“There will be not even a moment’s hesitation,” she said.