Mississippi Judge Indicted For Allegedly Assaulting A Mentally Disabled Man In Racial Incident At Flea Market

635595197608427362-WeisenbergerJustice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger of Madison County has been indicted on a charge of simple assault involving a confrontation that he allegedly had with a mentally disabled man in which the judge was accused of striking Eric Rivers, a 20-year-old African American, and yelling “Run, nigger, run.” The alleged assault occurred at the Canton Flea Market on May 8 of last year where Weisenberger was working as either a security guard or a traffic monitor (accounts differ).

Witnesses have said that Rivers was asking vendors for tips to help load and unload their vehicles.

Weisenberger voluntarily stepped down from the bench but is continuing to receive his annual salary of $47,500.

If convicted, Weisenberger could face up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine for the felony.

This is not the only allegation against Weisenberger (who by the way takes a cheerful mugshot). He has been accused of imposing an illegal DUI sentence against an African American in his courtroom. There is also a lawsuit filed against both the judge and the county over the arrest of an African American women on the charge of “roaming livestock.” No such charge exists.

A woman at the flea market also accused the judge of berating a female vendor in front of her and, when the vendor objected to his tone, she alleges that the judge told her to get her husband “because he didn’t take orders from a woman.” She also said that she heard the judge bragging about slapping the autistic man earlier.

Weisenberger is a Republican elected in 2011 and is a former law enforcement officer and former emergency operations director in Madison County. Notably, in Mississippi, the only requirement to be elected a Justice Court judge is a high school diploma and, if elected, courses of up to six hours of training a year.

That would seem one obvious reform for the state. A law degree would seem a reasonable condition for being a judge in any state.

30 thoughts on “Mississippi Judge Indicted For Allegedly Assaulting A Mentally Disabled Man In Racial Incident At Flea Market”

  1. In Missouri, where I am holed up now, they have a judge selection process known as The Missouri Plan. A Commission sits together and considers nominees. They choose three. The three go on the ballot in the county where the judge will sit. The voters decide from the list of “qualified” candidates. This works in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jackson County and a few others. Also it is in force for the Court of Appeals and the Mo Sup. Court. This beats Mississippi. The State of Missouri is named after the Missouri River and the state of Mississippi is named after the Mississippi River. They are worlds apart– although those rivers do meet up in Missouri.
    When I travel from St. Louis to New Orleans I avoid Mississippi. I fly.

  2. Requiring a high school diploma in Mississippi is already setting the bar pretty high. Prediction is, he runs for US Senate in 2016 and wins.

    BTW: The right to privacy wasn’t “created”, it was ascertained in the penumbra of rights laid down in the Bill of Rights, but apparently a high school diploma isn’t enough to understand that.

    1. RTC – requiring a high school education is setting the bar higher than any federal office requires.

  3. What happened to the old presumption of innocence? Let’s convict him and have our hanging..

    I agree that IF he did these things he need to be removed from the bench, convicted and then his should be treated as any other defendant. Even in my state (Georgia, assuming he had no prior convictions) would probably mean probation, Our courts are so crowded (5x the volume of the federal courts) the Risk Assessment Questionnaire is run by the probation office and if it indicates a low risk, there is almost a certainty of probation,

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