MS chancery judge pleads guilty to obstruction of Justice in fed - - Jackson, MS

MS chancery judge pleads guilty to obstruction of Justice in federal court

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Mississippi Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker has pled guilty to obstruction justice in U.S. District Court. He's charged with instructing a federal grand jury witness to destroy documents and lying to FBI agents.

In 2011, Judge Walker told the attorney he had appointed for a conservatorship to solicit bids for construction of a home for the ward. His nephew, Chad Teater, was one of the bidders. Teater was the low bidder, but his uncle told him to raise his bid but still keep it under the next lowest bid.

Judge Walker then transferred the case to another chancellor to award the bid, which Teater still won, but his bid was $23,500 more than the original bid. The case was then transferred back to Judge Walker.

When a federal grand jury began looking into the conservatorship, Walker told a witness the original bid should be "somewhere else."

Sixty-one year old Walker, who represents the 13th Chancery Court District, covering Covington, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Simpson and Smith counties, will be sentenced by Judge David Bramlette January 8. Judge Walker faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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