Mississippi judge suspended for requiring church attendance as bail condition

A Mississippi judge was reprimanded for imposing church attendance as a condition of bail.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered Judge Theresa Brown Dearman to be suspended for 30 days without pay and fined $100 for her “willful misconduct in office.”

In 2006, Dearman ordered Philipe White, who was charged with cocaine possession, to attend church once a week as a condition of his $2,500 bond. Three years later, she ordered Christopher Gray, a suspected drug dealer, to attend church twice a week as part of his $5,000 bond.

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