Thompson awaits ruling

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Rickey Thompson, one of four Lee County justice court judges, awaits the possibility of legal sanctions regarding accusations of misconduct.
If or how he will be sanctioned isn’t clear, but Mississippi’s Supreme Court is likely to reveal the details soon.
Last April, Thompson of Shannon came under investigation by the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance after complaints that he unilaterally dismissed 11 no-driver’s license citations without court hearings.
He also was accused of telling a man involved in a divorce that he could get anything that belonged to him from the marital home, which brought a call for help from the wife to the sheriff’s office.
Those acts reportedly happened from fall 2006 through June 2009.
May 18, MCJP filed a motion with the high court for approval of its sanction recommendations.
Both MCJP and Thompson agree to a report that states Thompson is accused of “willful misconduct in office” and conduct that “brings the judicial office into disrepute.”
The state’s highest court considered the motion Sept. 6.
“The case involved multiple counts of misconduct,” said John Toney, MCJP’s executive director. “Cannot confirm anything else.”
But Wednesday, he said he expected to “hear something” from the court “any time now.”
Thompson said he would comment after the court rules.
In 2007, an MCJP investigation resulted in the court’s order of Thompson’s public reprimand and $100 fine for reasons similar to the new report.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com