Friday, August 21, 2009

Agreed Statement Insufficient To Impose Judicial Discipline

The Mississippi Supreme Court remanded to its Commission on Judicial Performance a proposed public reprimand and 30 day suspension of a justice court judge. The charges involved "allegations that he improperly touched a justice court deputy clerk and used racially derogatory language." The court found the statement of agreed facts was "superficial at best" and that the judge denied making the offensive remarks: "This court...has no way to determine what language was actually used, to whom it may have been directed, whether it was uttered from the Bench or in some other setting, how many times it may have occurred, the context in which the alleged statements were made, or any other relevant information about it." The touching matter "is similarly lacking in detail." (Mike Frisch)

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