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Miss. court suspends Quitman Co. judge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a Quitman County justice court judge suspended for 30 days without pay for allegedly improperly touching a deputy clerk.

The court also ordered Thursday that Justice Court Judge Joe Brown be publicly reprimanded at the next term of circuit court.

The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance has filed the complaint against Brown in 2009. The watchdog agency also alleged Brown used racially derogatory language.

Commission records show Brown denied the claims.

According to commission records, the clerk complained in 2008 that Brown touched her lower back while she was seated, then put his hands on her shoulders and said he would not do it again.

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