Thursday, April 14, 2016

Judge: Lumumba did not tell the truth. I never filed a bar complaint against his dad.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill said attorney Antar Lumumba did not tell the truth when he claimed in a motion to recuse that Judge Weill once filed a bar complaint against his father, the deceased Chokwe Lumumba, Sr.  Lumumba sued attorney Toney Baldwin in Hinds County Circuit Court for allegedly interfering with his representation of several clients in Stonewall (Clarke County).  Judge Weill denied his motion.  The court also hammered the attorney for filing his motion more than 80 days after the deadline had passed.

Mr. Lumumba sued Mr. Baldwin on October 13, 2015 in Hinds County Circuit Court.  The case was assigned to Judge Weill (The complaint is posted below.).  The defendant filed a motion to dismiss on November 30.  Mr. Lumumba filed his motion to recuse on February 4, 2016. 

Mr. Lumumba submitted his own affidavit in support of his motion.  The plaintiff claimed:

Judge Weill filed a bar complaint against my father for alleged behavior occurring during the last and only trial he tried before Judge Weill.

4. Among other things Judge Weill noted in his complaint that the defendant in that case was found not guilty. Judge Weill appears to reference this not guilty verdict as an undesired result that was either caused by or an unfortunate consequence of my father’s behavior in that case.

5. In the previous trial Judge Weill demonstrated bias against the defendant and my father.
 9. Judge Weill prosecuted a bar complaint against my father, which I believe disqualifies
him as an objective judge in the present case.

Judge Weill addresses the bar complaint allegation in his order denying the motion to recuse:

The undersigned did not file a bar complaint against Plaintiff's father, but even if Plaintiff's assertion were true,  judicial disciplinary responsibilities are set forth in the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct and those disciplinary responsibilities, including Bar Complaints or informal reports to appropriate agencies and authorities are "absolutely privileged and no civil action predicated thereon may be instituted against the judge". 

 In other words, the court says that the attorney did not make a truthful assertion in his motion and affidavit.  The court also points out that Mr. Lumumba filed his motion to recuse more than 80 days after the deadline had passed and 114 days after the lawsuit had been filed.   The trial that was the subject of the false bar complaint claim took place in February 2012 and the case was randomly assigned to Judge Weill almost immediately when the lawsuit was filed in 2015. 


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dat's Raciss.

Lumumbatic got owned!

Anonymous said...

Hope Kingfish readers are taking note of Antar's tardiness and inability to read instructions. He would be a disaster as Mayor of Jackson. Voters, please take note.

Kingfish said...

Now here comes the interesting part.

Does the Judge file a bar complaint or discipline the attorney for making a false allegation against him?

The attorney probably has his father's personal effects and documents. Will he produce a copy of a bar complaint?

Should this site file a FOIA with the Bar to see if one was filed?

Anonymous said...

bar complaints are not subject to open records request. they get publicly disclosed if discipline is imposed beyond a private reprimand.

Kingfish said...

You are correct. However, what if the subject of the bar complaint is dead? More curious than anything.

Anonymous said...

In other news, Weill held yet another Hinds County Public Defender in criminal contempt yesterday (April 14). Denied him bail. Miss. Supreme Court had to be petitioned and ordered his release on $500 bail. Stay tuned...

Anonymous said...

if the subject of the complaint is deceased, nothing is changed as far as I know. Weill says he didn't file one, which he would not say if he had; Jr. has access to his father's files and papers, so the fact that he hasn't produced it says it all. dead issue.

Anonymous said...

@11:18, not a dead issue. Kid used a lie to get the case moved. I'd hammer him if I were Weill or on the MSBAR board. That's how he rolls though. Make stuff up to make it appear worse or a bigger issue than it is. I like to call it grandstanding.

Anonymous said...

the recusal issue is dead. The appellate courts won't reverse Weill on this. Jr's statement, if proven false, could cause him some problems with the MS Bar, but that is all. he will never be prosecuted for perjury with any success...

Anonymous said...

Junior is teflon.........

Anonymous said...

Antar is a joke. Militant wanna be. Hey Jackson, get a good look at your next mayor. How you think that is going to turn out? Hurry up and take the zoo before it is to late. He is going to sink this city. I will be moving shortly thereafter.

Anonymous said...

8:50 pm Good Luck trying to sell your house. Mines been on the market for two years. It'd paid for, however, taxes & insurance are eating me up.

Anonymous said...

I think Weill has a duty to file a bar complaint if he is aware Antar filed false affidavit. No choice really.

Kingfish said...

There is another possibility. The son was told one thing by the father and never had the papers. I was also informed that Yerger had banned Sr. from his courtroom. Maybe there was a confusion?

Anonymous said...

How can a judge ban someone from a courtroom? That's a lot of power. That's tantamount to stopping someone from practicing law. I thought only the Supremes could stop a lawyer from working. I learn something new every day.

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