By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Alcorn County justice court judge sanctioned Thursday by the Mississippi Supreme Court will appeal the court’s decision.
Booneville attorney Ronald Michael, representing Judge Jimmy McGee, said he will file a motion for rehearing on behalf of his client as quickly as possible.
“We’re very disappointed that the Supreme Court saw fit to increase the suspension to 270 days, effectively 150 days more than the judicial board was recommending,” Michael said. “Their recommendation was based on both counts, and one count was dismissed.”
The Supreme Court acted on a recommendation from the Commission on Judicial Performance made public in January that McGee be publicly reprimanded, suspended from office for 120 days without pay and assessed costs of $100.
The Commission said, based on an investigation that began in July 2010, McGee had used his office to improperly interfere with the prosecution of a criminal defendant, count one, and according to engaged in DUI ticket-fixing, count two.
The Supreme Court threw out the DUI ticket-fixing allegations. However, they found that the interference with prosecution of a criminal case warranted a more severe punishment in that McGee’s “actions constituted willful misconduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brought the judicial office into disrepute.”
The Board of Supervisors now must decide whether to temporarily fill the spot or proceed with only one justice court judge.
County attorney Robert Krohn said he will review the board’s options in preparation for Monday’s regular mid-month meeting.