Judge Jails Attorney For Refusing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance
This qualifies as the most astounding display of judicial arrogance I’ve ever seen:
TUPELO – Danny Lampley’s clients usually are the ones ordered to the Lee County Jail.
Wednesday, Chancellor Talmadge Littlejohn sent the 49-year-old Oxford attorney there for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in court.
Littlejohn urged Lampley to reconsider repeating the Pledge, as every other person in the judge’s courtroom did as the day’s proceedings began.
“This morning, that was the last thing on my mind,” Lampley said late in the day after a child-support hearing.
At 10 a.m., Lampley was in jail garb. By 2:30 p.m., Littlejohn ordered his release and return to the Lee County Justice Center to continue their business.
After the hearing, Littlejohn’s assistant said the judge had no comment on the matter.
Lampley said he was worried the judge would send him back to jail.
Simply put, the attorney said he and the judge have a “different point of view” about things, like loyalty oaths and the pledge.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” Lampley said, “I’m just not going to back off on this.
“It’s a problem, but it’s for the judge and me to work out.”
Say what you might about Lampley, I don’t know anything about him obviously, but for Judge Littlejohn to turn what is obviously some kind of personal political dispute between the two into an excuse to exercise his powers to hold someone in Contempt of Court is inexcusable.