- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Lee County justice court judge is arguing to the Mississippi Supreme Court that penalties sought by a judicial watchdog agency for his alleged misconduct are too harsh.

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

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1zjaOwi ) that Thompson filed documents Wednesday with the Supreme Court asking for lighter punishment. Thompson says he violated some rules but removal from office was not justified.

The formal complaint against Thompson was filed with the commission 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 suspended for a month in the 2012 case.

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

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