Winner of Democrat primary ordered to step down by Supreme Court


  

The high court ordered (Rickey) Thompson removed from the bench on May 21, but he was allowed to remain a judge and a candidate for re-election while the issue moved through the appeals process. On Tuesday, Thompson won a five-candidate primary to become the Democratic nominee for Justice Court Judge District 4.

Under state law, the local Democratic Party executive committee will now have to name a new nominee to face two independent candidates in the November general election. Marcus Crump finished second in Tuesday’s balloting.

“We will have to call a meeting of the executive committee, probably next week, to decide who we will nominate,” said chairman Richard Cotton.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss the situation at its Aug. 17 meeting. The board could appoint an interim judge to sit on the bench for theremainder of Thompson’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

A formal complaint against Thompson was filed with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance in November 2013. The commission eventually determined Thompson engaged in judicial misconduct in several areas between June 2012 and October 2013.

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