Saturday, July 26, 2014

MS:Judge Overrides State Law to Keep Baliffs Armed

 Judges are generally immune from lawsuit.

Kingfish reports that Hinds County bailiffs carry and can use firearms even if they fail their weapons qualifications test.   Bailiffs are deputies who work for the county sheriff and are assigned the courtroom.   State law requires all deputies qualify with their weapon and the law sets the minimum standard they must achieve.  If a deputy can not achieve the minimum standard they are not allowed to carry a firearm on duty.


 Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green barred the Sheriff from demoting or firing any bailiff in a 2012 court order.  Even though the bailiffs failed to meet the minimum score of 75 out of 100 in their annual qualification they are still allowed by order of the court to carry a side arm and maintain their job as bailiff.

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