Complaints against Miss. judges on rise

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Complaints against judges in Mississippi are on the rise. The head of the state's judicial watchdog group attributes part of the 2008 increase to fallout from the burgeoning judicial bribery scandal in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance investigates judicial complaints and makes recommendations to the state Supreme Court on punishment. The high court makes the final decisions.

In 2008, the commission says a total of 322 complaints were filed -- 54 more than in the previous year. Of those, 265 were dismissed as matters for appeal or for insufficient evidence of judicial misconduct.

But the commission initiated 23 formal complaints against judges in 2008, meaning it recommended some action against the judges.

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