Lawyer out of jail after failing to 'pledge' allegiance

TUPELO – Attorney Danny Lampley of Oxford was out of the Lee County Jail after more than 4 1/2 hours of thinking about why he refused to recite the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance today.

Chancellor Talmadge Littlejohn ordered Lampley jailed shortly after court began in Tupelo this morning.

Eyewitnesses said Littlejohn asked the court audience to rise and repeat the pledge. Lampley rose but failed to vocalize the words to the pledge, an act he has done before, apparently to the judge’s consternation.

Jail records show Lampley was brought in about 9:40 a.m. and released about 2:30 p.m. on the judge’s orders.

They both were back in chancery court during the afternoon.

For more, read Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal.

Patsy R. Brumfield, Emily Le Coz/Daily Journal