Judge McGee suspended, rehearing denied
Corinth, Mississippi: Judge Jimmy McGee's request for a rehearing regarding his 270-day suspension has been declined by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Alcorn County Justice Court judge has been suspended since August for saying that a case should have been handled "down on the farm" instead of in court. According to the state Commission on Judicial Performance, he was "encouraging others to engage in vigilante justice."
McGee was not presiding as judge in the case in-question. He was accused of interrupting another judge's court proceedings in a case where his close relative was the victim. The perpetrator's charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. McGee was also accused of discouraging lawyers from taking the case, trying to dictate bail, and berating the sheriff for not following his request. He stated, "I would like for everyone in this court to know that had I had this to do over again we would never had went to a grand jury, that we would have taken care of this down at Biggersville, Mississippi, down on the farm like things should have been taken care of."
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