Johnny “Crusher” Jackson took the unusual step of writing to a federal judge recently to thank him for releasing him from prison.
Jackson, who was once in the inner circle of Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover, told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber he’s making the most of his freedom. He said he and his wife have a construction business, a nonprofit organization to help the underprivileged and a clothing line.
But it appears Jackson hasn’t completely turned his back on his past. The brand name for his sweatshirts and T-shirts — Gentlemen of Distinguished Nature — stands for Gangster Disciples Nation, according to prison officials.
Jackson was freed in November under the First Step Act. His thank-you note to the judge was filed into the court record Monday.
“I have worked tirelessly to make good on the promises I made to my wife, pastor and numerous others who are counting