Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance v. ThompsonAnnotate this Case
The Commission on Judicial Performance filed a formal complaint against Rickey W. Thompson, Justice Court Judge, District 4, Lee County, charging him with judicial misconduct constituting violations of Canons 1, 2A, 2B, 3B(1), 3B(2), 3B(4), 3B(8), 3C(1), and 3C(2) of the Code of Judicial Conduct and constituting willful misconduct in office and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brought the judicial office into disrepute in violation of Section 177A of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, as amended. "We are concerned, and take into consideration, that Judge Thompson has not taken responsibility for his actions, and the likelihood of those actions being repeated in the future is great. Judge Thompson’s willful disregard for his past discipline 'illustrates the magnitude of the [offenses] and indifference to litigants and [the Commission and the Supreme] Court in continuing to engage in [misconduct].'" The Supreme Court agreed with the Commission's recommendation and ordered that Judge Thompson: (1) be removed from office; and (2) be assessed fines and costs of the proceedings.