ST. THOMAS — The attorney representing boxer John Jackson, who is headed to trial on federal rape and child pornography charges, has asked to withdraw from the case because Jackson cannot afford to pay him, according to a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

The defense attorney, Carl Williams, wrote that when he agreed to represent Jackson in March, they settled on a “flat fee arrangement.” But since that time, Jackson “has consistently and persistently failed to meet his financial obligations to counsel” and has only paid about 20 percent of Williams’ fee, “excluding expenses,” according to the motion to withdraw as counsel.

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