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Madison County Judge Under Scrutiny

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A Madison county judge accused of assaulting a mentally-challenged black man at the Canton flea market was not on the bench Monday.

No one could tell us why Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger wasn't at work, but one man is speaking out about when he went before the judge on a charge that doesn't exist.

In a dispute with his neighbor over cattle last summer, Charles Plumpp claims judge Weisenberger illegally threw him in jail for the crime of having "roaming livestock" on his neighbor’s property.

Plumpp tells us he had to “get an attorney and pay her a thousand dollars for her to represent me and there's no such law on the books in Mississippi for roaming livestock."

Plumpp says he spent a day in jail with no bail before he was released by another judge.

Two months after he sent Plumpp to jail, Judge Weisenberger dismissed the case against him “because there is no such misdemeanor crime for roaming livestock,” read the judge’s one-page order throwing out the conviction.

“It's foolish, my civil rights were violated, 24 hours behind bars, imprisoned handcuffed,” Plumpp said of the reversed conviction.

“It’s an injustice and it's not fair,” said Canton NAACP President William Truly, who’s troubled by Plumpp’s case and reports that the state attorney general’s  public integrity division is investigating Weisenberger after court documents show he gave a black man convicted of DUI a harsher sentence than two whites convicted of the same crime.   

“They say you can’t prove racial profiling,” said Truly.

“This is a glimpse and conclusive evidence that it does indeed exists and perhaps some of these sentences do need to be looked at,” he added.

Next month a Madison county grand jury could decide whether or not to indict Weisenberger in connection with the flea market assault.

We’ve reached out to Weisenberger to hear what he has to say about all of this, but our phone calls have not been returned.  
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