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Judge Littlejohn and the pledge make the NY Times

In the National Briefing section of the (print) NY Times, this appeared today:

A judge will be reprimanded and fined $100 for jailing a lawyer who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in his courtroom. The State Supreme Court affirmed the recommendation from the Commission on Judicial Performance against Chancellor Talmadge Littlejohn of […]

Judge Littlejohn and the Judicial Reasoning of the Queen of Hearts

The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. ‘Off with his head!’ she said, without even looking round.

The quote is Lewis Carroll.

I was ambivalent about what should be done about the Judicial Performance Commission complaint about Judge Littlejohn wrongfully jailing Danny Lampley for refusing to say […]

Reprimand recommended for Judge Littlejohn for jailing Danny Lampley over the pledge.

The Judicial Performance Commission has found that Judge Littlejohn violated Danny Lampley’s First Amendment rights by incarcerating him for refusing to say the pledge of allegiance, and has recommended to the Mississippi Supreme Court that Judge Littlejohn be given a public reprimand and fined $100 for violating Lampley’s rights.

The decision as to sanction is […]

Old Times There are Not Forgotten: Judge Littlejohn as prosecutor

The incarceration of Danny Lampley over compelled speech was not Judge Littlejohn’s first trip over the First Amendment.  A reader sent in a Fifth Circuit opinion in Ealy v. Littlejohn, 569 F.2d 219 (5th Cir. 1978), by Judge John R. Brown, who was one of the Fifth Circuit’s Unlikely Heroes written about by Jack Bass: