Mississippi Judge Accused of Racial Abuse Indicted
A grand jury has indicted a Mississippi judge accused of assaulting a mentally challenged man while yelling “Run, n—–, run.”
The indictment stems from an incident last spring where witnesses reported seeing Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger hit Eric Rivers, a 20-year-old Black man, and yell the racial slur at the Canton Flea Market.
Rivers, who is noted to be mentally ill, was working as a traffic monitor at the time of the alleged assault.
Weisenberger was indicted last Thursday for simple assault on a vulnerable adult. After turning himself in, Weisenberger was released on $10,000 bond.
If convicted, the judge faces up to either 5 years imprisonment, up to $1,000 fine or both.
The Justice Court Judge’s lawyer said Weisenberger denies any wrong doing or commission of any crime against any person.
The trial date is set to begin on June 8.
Amid these charges, in January Weisenberger met qualifications to run for re-election for his same position. But his plans of a re-election could be at stake if charged with the aforementioned felony-ranked crime. He could be forced to step down or the Supreme Court could remove him.
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