Circuit clerk may face sanctions

Published 5:51 pm Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Mississippi Supreme Court has demanded that the Washington County circuit clerk prove why she should not suffer legal sanctions for alleged inaccurate docket entry amid a whirling series of court filings stemming from Leland’s primary elections.

In an order filed last Thursday, state Supreme Court Justice George C. Carlson gave Circuit Clerk Barbara Esters-Parker one week to reply. At issue, are court documents that were allegedly backdated in violation of the Circuit Court’s clerical procedures.

Parker, who said she intends to respond, claims her office did nothing wrong.

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Carlson’s order stems from various motions and appeals that followed a decision by Circuit Court Judge Vernon Cotten to disqualify Selinda Moore as a candidate in the Leland Democratic primaries due to her felony record.