Justices hear dispute: Can judge be permanently removed?

FILE PHOTO - Jan. 21, 2015 before the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether a former justice court judge is permanently banned from seeking re-election.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2eYQUCt ) that three justices heard arguments Monday in the case of Rickey Thompson.

The state Supreme Court removed Thompson from his Lee County post in May 2015. That came in response to a misconduct complaint filed against him in late 2013 by the state Commission on Judicial Performance.

Thompson’s attorney, Jim Waide, argued Monday that the 2015 decision only barred Thompson from finishing the four-year term that ended in early 2016.

Krissy Nobile argued for both the attorney general’s office and the Lee County Democratic Executive Committee. She said the Mississippi Constitution gives the Supreme Court the power to permanently remove a judge from the bench.


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