Watchdog agency faults Adams County judge for 9th time

The Mississippi Commission Judicial Performance recommended Tuesday that the state Supreme Court publicly reprimand Judge Charles L. Vess, suspend him without pay for a month and fine him $1,100.

The commission says Vess told a defendant that he might shoot him because Vess felt threatened because the man kept his hands in his pockets. Vess also admits making disparaging and demeaning remarks to the defendant and his mother.

Executive Director Darlene Ballard says it’s the ninth time since 1992 the commission has faulted Vess.

Clarion Ledger