The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended in September that Judge Rickey Thompson be removed from office and pay more than $11,000 in fines and costs.

The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday rescheduled the deadline for Thompson’s attorney to file in the case.

In its complaint, the Commission on Judicial Performance cited Thompson for several instances of misconduct.

Among them was that in June 2013, a licensed bail bond agent was inside the courtroom near the bench. When a defendant was fined or sentenced, the bondsman would approach the bench, take the case file from Thompson, then take the defendant and file outside of the courtroom. When the bondsman was later suspended from writing bonds at the Lee County-Tupelo Adult Jail, Thompson approached the sheriff asking that the suspension be lifted. The commission ruled that Thompson lent the prestige of his office to advance the private interests of others.

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