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Isn’t It A Small World…

…The judge who ruled in Jim Hood’s favor for the special election date (Bobby DeLaughter) was the same judge that Joey Langston (who is a big-time donor to Jim Hood) tried to bribe with “favorable consideration” for a federal judgeship.

About the ruling, Jim Hood and Democrats aren’t going to get to celebrate long. Haley Barbour has promised to appeal to the state Supreme Court- which will likely rule in the governor’s favor.

7 Responses to “Isn’t It A Small World…”

  1. Isn’t it sad that everyone assumes the Supreme Court will rule in the Governor’s favor not because the Gov. is right but that the Supreme Court is in the Gov’s lap. Another shinning example of the sad state of our judiciary is the partianship of our result oriented Supreme Court .

  2. Pat couldn’t be more right. The statute seems pretty clear to me, and so far the courts are interpreting it correctly. A court that rules in Barbour’s favor will be legislating from the bench for partisan purposes.

  3. Just wanted to make sure I got this correct- when the court rules in Hood’s (Dems) favor its the correct ruling, but when they side with Haley- they are legislating from the bench.

    I’d say the sadstate of our legal system has more to do with AGs who refuse to bring any charges against campaign donors who bribe judges, rather than a dispute over the date of an election.

  4. Brett, the difference between me and you is I can agree with you on the AG situation, but you cannot ever break the sacred oath which says all Republicans do no wrong.

    The simple fact is the Gov’s interpretation is wrong, and the overwhelming majority of lawyers whom I have spoken with (both Republican and Democrat) agree that Hood is correct. If the SC interprets the law correctly Hood will win which ultimately makes little difference as I am pretty certain Wicker will win whether it be in March or November. If the SC wants to be partisan - which it has been in many decisions over the last few years - it will rule in Barbour’s favor because that is what is politically expedient.

    You should keep in mind, and it would be wise for Barbour to have considered this more, that all things are cicular. Although the Republicans have command over most of the goverment in MS right now one day it will not be so. That is a fact of life, whether its Democrats or a new party yet to be formed Republicans will not control Mississippi forever. BUT result oriented partisan decisions undermine the judicial system and set poor precedent which can come back to haunt you. The judiciary should be independent and I hope this time they prove me wrong and are truly independent.

    But in the meantime all the talking heads in MS chirping about all they’ll show Hood once they get to the Supreme Court show that the high court is just as bought and paid for Scruggs et al tried to buy Lackey. Just one form is legal and the other is illegal but both are wrong.

  5. It doesn’t really matter when the election is because Wicker will win either tomorrow or in November. It’s really just a waste of time to raise such a big fuss about it.

  6. It is almost inconceivable that the Supreme Court will rule in Barbour’s favor. That doesn’t mean that Barbour’s legal strategy was dumb. To the contrary, as explained below, it was very smart.

    The statute (the now famous sec. 23-15-855) requires that the governor announce the date of the special election within 10 days of the date of the vacancy. That 10 day period has long sing run. By asserting that the statute is ambiguous and convincing the media and bloggers dutifully to propagate that absurd meme, Barbour has bought himself additional time–time to see how the national presidential primaries are shaping up.

    The state Supreme Court will issue its ruling in Hood’s favor in a few weeks. The ruling will direct Barbour to set the date of the election. At that time, we may know who one or more of the presidential nominees will be. If the Democratic nominee is undecided but the Republican nominee has already been decided, then Barbour will cite the complexity of holding the Senate election on the same date as the primary vote and will set the date of the special election on some day other than March 11, which will be the date of the presidential primary vote in Mississippi, because there would likely be low Republican turnout. But if the Republican nominee is undecided but the Democratic nominee has already been decided, then Barbour will set the special election date on March 11.

    You heard it here first.

  7. This is interesting- during his most recent re-election, DeLaughter received donations from none other than Joey Langston and Steve Patterson (Hattip: Jackson Jambalaya)

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