Rankin Chancellor Fairly jails two minors for refusing to live with their mother

They spent less than a full day in detention, but still . . .

The Clarion Ledger is reporting that the boys are 18 and 16 and were adopted by a Mississippi couple after spending five years in a Ukranian orphanage.  Shortly after their adoption, their new parents filed for divorce.  The mother was given visitation alternating weekends but after two such weekends, the boys did not want to go back.  When the judge ordered them to live with their mother, the article states, they politely refused.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey confirmed Elijah Stubbs was booked on contempt of court in the Rankin County Detention Center that day.

Elijah stayed at the jail for a little over 24 hours. Ruslan was sent to the Rankin County Juvenile Detention Center for about the same period.

According to Tim Stubbs, they were released only after the Ukrainian embassy contacted the governor and other elected officials in the state.

The article states that a complaint has been filed with the Miss. Judicial Performance Commission.  The MJPC isn’t commenting (because it isn’t allowed to) but if there’s one thing the Miss. Judicial Performance Commission and the Mississippi Supreme Court don’t like, it’s judges who err when they abuse their contempt powers by erroneously jailing people.  Circuit Court Judge Shirley C. Byers was charged with abuse of contempt powers for holding a newspaper reporter in contempt after learning the reporter had disobeyed an order restricting publication of an article about a court proceeding.

Byers opinion

By the way, Byers is running for circuit court judge in the Third Judicial District (Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union Counties).

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