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First Amendment Out the Window

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http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/308137

I thought living in Kansas under Brownback was bad. I'm not sure even he would tolerate a judge going this far. In a nutshell, Mississippi Justice Court Judge Theresa Brown Dearman was suspended for thirty days without pay, publicly censured and ordered to pay court costs by the Mississippi Supreme Court for judicial misconduct. Amazingly, in two different cases when she set bail she ordered that not only did the accused have to post bond, as a condition of their bail they also had to ATTEND CHURCH, in one case once per week and in another twice per week. Um, can we say First Amendment violation?
The Honorable Dearman went so far as to PLEAD IGNORANCE. She is not an attorney and, under Mississippi law, state justices are not required to even be conversant with the law, much less hold an attorney's license.
And people seriously wonder why there are parts of the population who mistrust the courts to mete out anything close to justice.

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Bob Kraxner 2 years, 10 months ago

Put this b***h in jail, with no bond until her trial date. Then,she should never be allowed to hold any type of public office again, ever.

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goodcountrypeople 2 years, 10 months ago

Isn't this a case where slippery-slope logic applies? If Brownback is ordering Kansas parolees to kowtow to faith-based mentors what is the difference in principle between that and the Mississippi judge case??

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gkerr 2 years, 10 months ago

Cait48, The judge was off base no question. She was overruled and corrected. The bill of rights was upheld.
Gkerr

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Is the glass half full or is it half empty?

Without knowing anything about this case other that what is written above, this looks to be a clear case where a individual (in this case a justice on a small court) made a mistake and a higher court undid the mistake. We can't expect every decision by every court in the country to be a correct decision. Hopefully, upon more reflection, courts will make more reasoned decisions. That happened here.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, ain't it a small world, spiritually speaking. Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffiliated.

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