- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to rehear the judicial misconduct case against Chancery Court Judge Talmadge Littlejohn

In June, the state’s highest court ordered Littlejohn suspended without pay for 30 days, publicly reprimanded, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $1,600 in court costs.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1iUck2F) Littlejohn filed a series of motions to ask for a rehearing and the chance to argue his case in person. The Supreme Court denied both motions Thursday.

In March 2012, Littlejohn changed an 11-year-old custody agreement and ordered a non-custodial father to pay $15,000 within 90 days to purchase a car for his minor child. The man appealed. Despite the case being appealed, Littlejohn ordered the man jailed for not paying.

Last fall, the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended that Littlejohn be fined $500, publicly reprimanded and ordered to pay court costs. The Supreme Court decided to make the penalties stiffer, since Littlejohn was reprimanded before in 2010.

The public reprimand will be read in open court by the presiding judge on the opening day of the next term of Union County Circuit Court.

Littlejohn serves as a chancellor for Alcorn, Itawamba, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Lee, Tishomingo and Union counties.

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

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