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Judge Gets Reprimand, $100 Fine for Jailing Lawyer Who Refused to Recite the Pledge

Posted Jun 10, 2011 5:10 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Mississippi judge who held a lawyer in contempt and jailed him after he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in court will be disciplined.

Finding that Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn abused his contempt powers, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld, in a ruling released yesterday, a Misissippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommendation that he be publicly reprimanded and fined $100, reports the Clarion Ledger.

Attorney Danny Lampley, who was jailed almost five hours, told the newspaper "I'm pretty sure Judge Littlejohn feels like me - ready for this thing to be done. This was what I expected was supposed to happen."

The Clarion Ledger couldn't reach Littlejohn for comment.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Miss. Judge Sends Lawyer to Jail for Refusing to Recite the Pledge"

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