Mississippi: Judging the Judge

Judging the Judge

Only three sitting federal judges have ever been indicted for serious crimes, and until last week only one had been convicted (Las Vegas Judge Harry Claiborne, found guilty in 1984 of filing false income tax returns). Now a second name has been added to that happily short list. A Hattiesburg, Miss., jury found U.S. District Court Judge Walter L. Nixon Jr. guilty of two counts of perjury resulting from his intervention in a drug case against the son of a longtime friend.

Nixon, 57, who sits in Biloxi as chief judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, was accused of accepting...

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