JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi state judge has jailed an attorney for several hours after the lawyer refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in court.
Court records show that Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn told people in his Tupelo courtroom Wednesday to stand up and say the pledge.
Attorney Danny Lampley "failed and refused to do so" and was jailed for criminal contempt of court, according to the judge's order, obtained by The Associated Press.
The 49-year-old Oxford lawyer was booked into the Lee County jail and stayed for about five hours until the judge ordered him released.
Littlejohn has not responded to messages left at his home and office. Lampley didn't respond to calls, either.
The judge's calendar said Lampley was representing a client in a divorce case.
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