||Commission challenges extension given Rickey Thompson
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The commission seeking removal of Lee County Justice Court Rickey Thompson from the bench has filed a motion to have his entire response to their report thrown out.
The Commisssion for Judicial Performance says it was unfair of the court to allow Thompson to have 12 days to file the respsonse.
The commission recommended Thompson be removed from the bench in a September 17 recommendation filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court.
On October 17, the commission filed documents connected to the recommendation and Thompson's attorney filed a request for 10 additional days to respond.
The commission objected to the extension, which was approved on October 29, two days after the requested date.
In their latest filing, the commission asks the court to throw out the extension order, deny his request for additional time and throw out his response.
It says the court, in the interest of fairness, should grant them equal time to respond to the brief if they decide not to throw out Thompson's response.
Thompson's attorney filed the brief Wednesday asking the court to hold a hearing on the recommendation.
He contends the recommended punishment does not fit the charges raised by the commission.