Indictment, qualifications frame Madison judge race

Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger isn’t just facing an upcoming legal battle. He’s also facing five challengers in the Aug. 4 Republican primary.

And a Democrat and two independents are waiting in the wings for the general election in November.

Weisenberger, the Republican incumbent, was indicted in February for felony simple assault on a vulnerable adult. The indictments stem from a May 2014 incident at the Canton flea market where Weisenberger allegedly struck 20-year-old Eric Rivers, an African-American man, and yelled, “Run, n—–, run.”

In April, the Mississippi Supreme Court suspended Weisenberger from the bench, with pay.