Miss. Supreme Court disciplines judge who ordered teenagers to jail

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disciplined a former youth-court judge but says it cannot bar Leigh Ann Darby from holding future judicial office.

Darby, then Tate County youth court judge in Senatobia, ordered three 15-year-olds to take drug tests and jailed them at an Alcorn County youth jail in July 2011. The teens spent three days there.

They were booked with trespassing but were found not guilty.

The Commission on Judicial Performance claimed Darby didn't have authority to order the tests and didn't hold a detention hearing before jailing them.

It recommended Darby be removed from office, fined and barred from holding judicial office. She resigned in 2011.

The Supreme Court on Thursday fined Darby $1,000 but said neither the court nor the commission has authority to bar her from seeking office.

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