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Judge reprimanded over argument outside the courtroom

(Kalisha Whitman, WTVA)
(Kalisha Whitman, WTVA)
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Updated: 9/20/2013 4:58 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — An Aberdeen municipal judge has been fined and will be publicly reprimanded for an argument with an independent probation officer after court was adjourned.

The Mississippi Supreme Court approved a joint petition by Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance and Robert Earl Fowlkes.

In September of 2012, Fowlkes was accused of threatening to charge the probation officer with contempt of court after she pointed out a man who appeared in court had an outstanding warrant.

The argument continued into the city clerk's office at which point Fowlkes had two police officers escort her from the building.

The man was renting property from Judge Fowlkes.

The judge later admitted his actions were wrong and he and the commission agreed to the reprimand and fine over the incident.

The Mississippi Supreme Court gave its okay Thursday to a $1,000 fine and a $200 special assessment.
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