Judge Defends Court's Collection of Fines

Circuit Court Judge Clayburn Peeples countered claims that his court is not assessing and collecting fines designated to fund the 28th Judicial District Drug Task Force, telling the Jackson Sun that “Everybody who can be fined is fined. The law requires in some cases that fines be waived. I don’t write the law, I simply apply it. I am totally flabbergasted by [these] accusations.” The retired head of the task force has said that the interagency group may not exist next year because it is not receiving enough fee revenue from the court.