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Madison County Judge Under Scrutiny For Biased Sentence

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The state attorney general's office is reportedly investigating a Madison county judge, already accused of assaulting a young man at the Canton flea market.

He’s now under scrutiny for imposing different sentences based on the defendants’ skin color.

According to documents we obtained from justice court, last month Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger sentenced Maurice Holliday to 5 days in jail, after Holliday pleaded guilty to a first offense DUI, driving under the influence.

But state law says judges can impose no more than a two day sentence for such a conviction.

When the district attorney's office pointed out the error, Weisenberger voided his original order.

He then gave Holliday, who's black, two days behind bars in the county jail.

Sources tell us on the same day, two white defendants, convicted of the same offense as Holliday got off a lot easier.

Court records show Weisenberger gave each a suspended 48 hour sentence.

The district attorney says the judge may have been justified in how the sentences were handed down, because when Holliday was arrested he had no license plate and no proof of insurance.

Weisenberger is already under scrutiny.

A grand jury could soon consider charges against the judge for allegedly assaulting a mentally ill man and shouting a racial slur at him during the Canton flea market in May.

The Canton NAACP has called on the FBI to investigate whether the flea market incident is a federal hate crime.

The attorney general's office would neither confirm nor deny a published report of an investigation related to the new claims made against Weisenbeger.

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