JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi state judge sent a lawyer to jail for several hours for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in court, according to court records.
Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn told people in his Tupelo courtroom Wednesday to stand up and say the pledge.
Oxford attorney Danny Lampley stood up. But he "failed and refused" to recite the pledge and was jailed for criminal contempt of court, according to the judge's order, obtained by The Associated Press.
Lampley, 49, was booked into the Lee County jail where he stayed for about five hours.
Littlejohn's order said: "Lampley shall purge himself of said criminal contempt by complying with the order of this Court by standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in open court."
But the judge later ordered Lampley's release, saying he was scheduled to represent a client in the courtroom.
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I'm not a big fan of pleading my allegianceto a flag. I say it but it always feels weird. I don't think it should be considered 'contempt' to not say the pledge. He stood out of respect that should be enough.
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