Chancery Court Judge Talmadge Littlejohn ordered Danny Lampley of Oxford, MS (pictured) jailed when Lampley refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Eyewitnesses said Littlejohn asked the court audience to rise and repeat the pledge. Lampley rose but failed to vocalize the words to the pledge, an act he has done before, apparently to the judge’s consternation.
Jail records show Lampley was brought in about 9:40 a.m. and released about 2:30 p.m. on the judge’s orders.
“I thought he was a disgrace to the United States,” Bobby Martin, a 43-year-old self-employed maintenance worker, said of Mr. Lampley. “If he can’t say that in front of a judge, he don’t deserve to be here” in this country.”
The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that school children can’t be forced to salute the flag or recite the Pledge in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette.