- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A judicial watchdog agency is recommending that a former Columbus municipal judge be publicly reprimanded for alleged misconduct.

The recommendation was filed this week with the Mississippi Supreme Court by the Commission on Judicial Performance.

The commission alleges Nicole Clinkscales, who served as a municipal judge from 2010 until resigning June 23, made statements on social media that were racially biased and prejudiced; by endorsing a political candidate on Facebook and presided over a drug case involving her nephew.

According to the petition, Clinkscales had agreed with the allegations and the proposed punishment.

The Supreme Court will have the final say on punishment.

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