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Judge recants swearing-in of interim Jonesboro mayor

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe City Judge Tammy Lee wants to recant the swearing-in of Yoshi Thompson as Jonesboro's interim mayor.

READ: Tammy Lee's Letter

In a letter written to Secretary of State Tom Schedler from Tammy Lee, which was posted this afternoon on Lincoln Parish News Online, Lee asks for the ceremony and documents signed make Yoshi Thompson the interim mayor of Jonesboro, null and void.

In the letter Judge Lee says she was not aware of the controversy surrounding the swearing in when she administered the oath of office to Yoshi Thompson, the wife of ex-Mayor Leslie Thompson.

Lee states that Thompson's lawyer Carol Powell Lexing asked her to swear in the interim mayor, and that she was led to believe the Yoshia Thompson had been appointed to that position. Lee says that it wasn't until later that same evening of the swearing-in, that she discovered the controversy.

KNOE spoke to Carol Powell Lexing Monday evening, and she told us she was not aware of Judge Lee's letter to the state.

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JONESBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Former Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson should know by noon Tuesday if he will be released from jail.

At a Monday hearing, the judge stated he would issue a decision on whether Thompson will be released, no later than Noon on Tuesday. During that hearing, witnesses were called to the stand and asked about statements made by Thompson following his conviction, less than two weeks ago. Thompson was dressed in a black and white striped jail issued uniform.

Thompson was convicted on three counts of malfeasance in office and was immediately suspended as Jonesboro's mayor. However, he attended a city council meeting last week where he allegedly encouraged city council members to swear in his wife Yoshi as mayor.

The district attorney says Thompson's actions violated his terms of release, and he filed a court order to revoke Thompson's bail. Just after his wife was sworn in as mayor on Friday, Thompson was arrested and taken to jail.

The prosecutor is asking that Thompson remain in jail until his formal sentencing on November 13th.

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