- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has withdrawn an order that gave a Lee County justice court judge until Nov. 17 to file legal arguments opposing a judge watchdog agency’s recommendation that he be removed from office for misconduct.

The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended in September that Judge Rickey Thompson be removed from office plus $11,000 in fines and costs.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1rfnJaG ) that the Supreme Court early Monday gave Thompson’s attorney more time to file a brief in the case and then rescinded it later in the day.

The Commission on Judicial Performance filed an objection to the motion. Darlene Ballard, writing for the commission, said the case dates back to November 2013 and Thompson and his attorney have known for months that a brief would have to be filed by Oct. 17.

The clerk’s office says Thompson’s motion is pending before the court.

The formal complaint against Thompson was filed with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance in November 2013. The commission eventually determined that Thompson engaged in judicial misconduct in several areas.

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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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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