Assistant District Attorney Resigns After Alleged Drunken Courtroom Antics in Mississippi

Assistant District Attorney Resigns After Alleged Drunken Courtroom Antics in Mississippi
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An assis­tant dis­trict attor­ney from Mis­sis­sip­pi has resigned from his posi­tion after being accused of appear­ing “vis­i­bly intox­i­cat­ed” and mak­ing inco­her­ent argu­ments in court.

Des­o­to Coun­ty Assis­tant Dis­trict Attor­ney Thomas Waller, 56, was arrest­ed around 5 p.m. on Thurs­day and charged with con­tempt of court, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments obtained by WREG. 

Waller was alleged­ly exhibit­ing signs of intox­i­ca­tion, includ­ing a strong odor of alco­hol on his breath, which imped­ed the con­duct of court business.

“As of this morn­ing, I have accept­ed the res­ig­na­tion of Mr. Waller, effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly,” said Des­o­to Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney Matthew Bar­ton. “This is a regret­table sit­u­a­tion that does not reflect the high stan­dards for per­for­mance that are expect­ed of this office.”

Bar­ton added that while he could not com­ment on Waller’s “phys­i­cal, emo­tion­al, or men­tal health,” he hoped the for­mer pros­e­cu­tor “receives the sup­port he needs for his well-being dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Waller was released from the Des­o­to Coun­ty jail around 1 a.m. on Fri­day morn­ing. The inci­dent has raised con­cerns about pro­fes­sion­al­ism and account­abil­i­ty with­in the local legal system.

Pros­e­cu­tors are expect­ed to main­tain the high­est stan­dards of eth­i­cal con­duct, both in and out of the court­room. This lat­est episode is a trou­bling reminder that even those entrust­ed with uphold­ing the law are not immune from per­son­al strug­gles that can impact their per­for­mance and judgment.

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