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.
- Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance v. Theresa Brown Dearman
- Judgepedia: Theresa Brown Dearman
- State of Mississippi Judiciary
- TheConstitutional.org: Requiring church attendance as a bail condition
- WLOX.com: Miss. court orders suspension for Stone Co. judge