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Agency wants judge suspended for allegedly fixing oyster fishing citations

BAY ST. LOUIS — A state judicial watchdog agency is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Hancock County Justice Court judge for ticket fixing.

The petition was filed with the court by the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance against Judge Tommy Carver.

The Sea Coast Echo reports the petition cites Carver for misconduct for allegedly dismissing five citations after an informal conversation with a defendant.

According to the commission’s petition, marine officers wrote five citations to Steven Kent Roche in December 2010 for oyster fishing violations. Roche was to pay the fines or contest them in justice court by March 22, 2011.

Sometime before the March 22 court deadline, Roche went to Carver’s home to discuss the citations. Carver did not report the conversation to the county prosecutor of the marine officers, according to the petition.

A trial date was set for May 10, 2011, and then rescheduled for July 12, 2011. The petition contends officials learned on July 12 that Carver had dismissed the citations in July without a hearing or the knowledge of the county prosecutor and the others.

Carver, in response to the petition, claims that the conversation at his house consisted of small talk, the location of the courthouse and the trial date.

Carver also claims that on the May 10 trial date, Roche was present and pleaded not guilty and the charges were dismissed because the officers were not present. He does not mention the July 12 date in his response.



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  1. this happens all the time, all over the place. i was done the same way in covington county in reverse several years ago. three wrongful charges were filed against me, and when i raised a big stink about it, i was told the charges on two of the accounts were dropped. then the officer that filed the charges told me that he could not find anything on the third one so it must have been dropped also. i went to court on the date i was given and the judge said he couldn’t find a sleeve on me and bid me a good day. two weeks later i received a letter which said i owed 1200 dollars for all three fines and had a failure to appear warrent which would be enforced if i didn’t pay the fines. it was wrong, but i paid them.

  2. What Carver did was not that bad, wildlife and fishery agents r crazy with their tickets like $250 for litering for a piece of paper that blows out of a car. What they should be concerned about is the waste of taxpayers money in Youth court, using unlicensed professionals , getting nice salaries. Oh and Judge Deano, has lots of money heard she owned alot of land which was bought and utiliized for county buildings after Katrina, how convenient made her lots of money so she can harress parents in Hancock County. Thank God she don’t live in the Appalacians mts where there is no elec and running water, no one would have their kids. Prosecuting attorney Cindy Birney is a joke, has no clue as to what she is doing, takes money with performing anything. Now they r making a never licensed social worker a guardian ad litem, thought you had to be an attorney, not if you live in Hancock county, do whatever they want.

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