Suspended Judge Back Behind the Bench

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Municipal Court Judge Derek Hopson is back on the bench. Hopson, appointed by Mayor Chuck Espy last year, was suspended last week after he reduced bail for murder suspect Kenneth Haywood from $300,000 to $10,000. Haywood’s case will go before a Coahoma County grand jury in December. On Monday the city board voted to reinstate Judge Hopson effective immediately. As of yesterday afternoon calls to Hopson’s office by local news outlets had not been returned.



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