Another Judge in the news, this time in Mississippi

“The most uninspired political candidate I ever met.”  Sop after speaking with Teresa Dearman at the country condo in 2007.

“I don’t know why I do this.”  Teresa Dearman to Sop on while the campaign trail.

Well folks I think we now know.  Robin Fitzgerald at the Sun Herald has the skinny:

The commission found she has presided over an initial appearance involving her nephew; mishandled felony matters; discussed cases with parties outside the courtroom; and ordered defendants to attend church as a condition of bond.

Her lawyer, Sean Tindell sounds ethically clueless:

“Unfortunately, the commission found she made several administrative and technical errors,” Tindell said. “Judge Dearman will continue to work diligently to perform her duties as a justice court judge in a professional, courteous, fair and impartial manner.”

In Mississippi the only requirement needed to run for the job is a high school diploma. It shows. That said, having met Ms Dearman I must agree with her lawyer on his statement regarding moral turpitude. Hanlon’s Razor is the spot on explanation in this case.

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3 thoughts on “Another Judge in the news, this time in Mississippi”

  1. You say a Mississippi judge was found to be wrong about something? Was that just one? That was a judge in Mississippi huh? Name wasn’t Graves or Green or Prichard huh? Just one judge! No attorney here, just one judge.

  2. Just to make it clear to you and any others that might read your web page, Judge Dearman presided over her nephews initial appearance on a misdemeanor after he had been incarcerated for over 70 hours without a bond being set. Defendants are generally required to have a bond set withing 24-48 hours after arrest so as to avoid prolonged incarceration of those wrongfully accused…you know, the whole innocent until proven guilty concept. In any event, at the initial appearance she set her nephew’s bond and the terms and conditions thereof. His trial date was then set before the other judge at a later time. In other words, she never heard anything regarding the merits of the case. By the way, the charges against her nephew were ultimatley dismissed. The ABA model judicial cannons clearly sets forth that in such circumstances a judge may preside over an initial appearance, if they thereafter recuse themselves from the case. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance took a contrary position. If you would like to discuss the details of the case furhter, please let contact me at your convenience.

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