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Thompson ordered removed as judge

JACKSON — Lee County Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson has been removed from office by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Thompson, a justice court judge since 2004, has until June 4 to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider. If he does not ask for a rehearing, the removal will become effective June 11.

Thompson was also fined $3,500 and ordered to pay nearly $8,000 in court costs.

The Supreme Court upheld Thursday a formal complaint against Thompson filed by the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance in November 2013.

The commission eventually determined Thompson engaged in judicial misconduct in several areas between June 2012 and October 2013.

The commission recommended Thompson’s removal for lending the prestige of his office to advance the private interests of others, denying a defendant her right to the counsel of her choosing and keeping several participants in the drug court program past the two-year limit allowed by state law as well as jailing participants for unspecified violations or failure to comply with drug court.

Justice Randy Pierce said in the order that the court considered Thompson’s prior history with the commission before making the decision to remove him from the bench.

Thompson was publicly reprimanded in 2008 and 2012. He also was fined $2,000 and suspended for a month in the 2012 case.

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