A Mississippi judge who allegedly slapped a mentally ill black man on the back of the head and yelled, “Run, n***er run” may be removed from office.
The Mississippi Commission of Judicial Performance has recommended that the Mississippi Supreme Court remove Judge Bill Weisenberger from office, WJTV reports.
“The full Commission finds the conduct of (Weisenberger) to be so egregious that it would be error to recommend anything short of removal from office,” read the commission’s recommendation.
The commission claims Judge Weisenberger engaged in judicial misconduct when he allegedly slapped mentally ill 20-year-old Eric Rivers on the back of the head and yelled, “Run, n***er run.”
The incident occurred after Weisenberger reportedly spotted Rivers groping a woman at a flea market.
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Weisenberger’s attorney, Bill Kirksey, insists that the incident never occurred, The Clarion Ledger reports.
“They had three witnesses that claimed this occurred in three different locations,” Kirksey said. “I had four witnesses that said it didn’t occur, two of them independent, one from Vicksburg and one from Texas, who contacted me after they read what had allegedly taken place. I believe it’s absolutely absurd that they found he should be removed. I do not believe the evidence was clear and convincing.”
Weisenberger was also charged with felony simple assault on a vulnerable adult.
The commission recommended Weisenberger be fined $1,000 and assessed costs in the amount of $5,918.46.
Only a high school diploma or equivalency is required to be a Justice Court judge in Mississippi, the Ledger reports. The judges get training after they’re elected.