Limited options available to cover absent judge

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors will take a couple of weeks to decide how to handle the months-long absence of one of its two justice court judges, suspended by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
County attorney Robert Krohn told supervisors on Monday they have limited options on what they can do to fill in during Judge Jimmy McGee’s absence:
* Appoint the other justice court judge – Steve Little – to handle the cases.
* Appoint a sitting justice court judge from an adjacent county.
* Appoint a sitting municipal court judge.
State statute defines what supervisors can do, Krohn said, and they will need time to find out if any of the eligible judges are available and willing to serve.
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court imposed a 270-day suspension without pay on McGee for “willful misconduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brought the judicial office into disrepute.”
McGee’s attorney said he is requesting a rehearing on the sanction, which exceeded the 120-day suspension recommended by the Commission on Judicial Performance.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com