February 23, 2011
Judge Reprimand For Improperly Issued Subpoenas
The Mississippi Supreme Court has approved the proposed public reprimand of a chancery court district chancellor who appointed a youth court public defender. After news of the appointment was released to the media, the judge asked members of the county board of supervisors to appear before him "to determine who was upset about the appointment and who had released the information to the media.
The judge had subpoenas issued to two supervisors without indicating a title or cause number. The judge granted a motion to quash the subpoenas he had issued, admitted he had failed to comply with the law, and "stated he was unconcerned that he had failed to comply."
The public reprimand will be read in open court "on the first day of the next term of that [county circuit] court in which a jury venire is present after this decsion becomes final." (Mike Frisch)
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