- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An Adams County justice court judge who has been cited for rules violations nine times says he plans to retire as he awaits a Mississippi Supreme Court decision regarding possible punishment.

The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/2gSagvz ) reports Judge Charles Vess announced his retirement plans Thursday.

In August, the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended that the state Supreme Court publicly reprimand Vess, suspend him without pay for a month and fine him $1,100.

In the latest complaint, the commission says Vess told a defendant that he might shoot him because Vess felt threatened by the man’s hands being in his pockets.

Vess says he said some inappropriate things. He intends to retire at the end of the month, but may stay on until a special election is conducted to replace him.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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