Monday, June 6, 2011

Hinds County screws up redistricting so badly, the Justice Department hasn't even looked at it.

Collection of all posts about Hinds County redistricting

You.can.not.make.this.up. The Justice Department sent a letter to Hinds County on May 31, 2011 stating it not only had not approved the redistricting plan submitted in March, it had not even reviewed the plan since the file was incomplete.  The Justice Department said 

our analysis indicates that the information sent is insufficient to enable us to determine that the proposed redistricting plan has neither the purpose nor will have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote.... The following information is necessary so that we may complete our review of your submission

The Justice Department provides a list of criteria and documents Hinds County must submit to the federal government before it can initiate a review of the redistricting plan. The Justice Department then states

The Attorney General has sixty days to consider a completed submission pursuant to Section 5. This sixty-day review period will begin when we receive the information specified above.... However, if no response is received within sixty days of this request, the Attorney General may object to the proposed changes consistent with the burden of proof placed upon the submitting authority. Changes that affect voting are legally unenforceable unless and until the requisite Section 5 determination has been obtained.

Sooooo............. Hinds County illegally approves a contract for Derrick Johnson to draw new voting lines for Hinds County. Illegal because the contract was not opened up for bidding and the law requires Mr. Johnson is licensed as an attorney in Mississippi if he obtains a no-bid professional service contract. Mr. Johnson has not passed the bar exam in Mississippi or in any other state. Mr. Johnson then charged Hinds County $40,000 for his work. The fee was double what Central Mississippi Planning and Development District charged Rankin and Madison counties - $20,000 apiece.

The Board of Supervisors then held a hearing with no notice posted on the county website, at the courthouse, or in the Clarion-Ledger. The only notice was posted twice in the little read weekly the Jackson Advocate. Mr. Johnson came to the hearing with no maps, little census data, and a ton of rudeness to anyone asking questions. The supervisors then did not make plans available to the public until the day of the final hearing a week later and even then did not provide the map eventually approved by the board until the meeting itself started. Earlier post with maps and video.

Thus despite all the strong-arm tactics used by Derrick Johnson, Robert Graham, and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, they still could not get it right as they failed to send a proper plan to the federal government. How do you like that? Hinds County is so screwed up it can not even submit a plan for the Eric Holder Justice Department to even review. THAT is pretty bad.

What will now happen is the 2011 Hinds County elections will be conducted under the old district lines. Stay tuned. There is more to come.

Oh, and in case you forgot, here is Supervisor Robert Graham, the man who brought us Derrick Johnson and tried to pay him $40,000 defending his hiring a few months ago:


Anonymous said...

Plus the 20K plan prepared by Central Miss. Planning was approved by DOJ in Madison county. Whether you agree with the politics of the line drawing or not,this proves the work can be done for the going rate being paid.

Micah said...

Why couldn't the supervisors in Madison be that stupid

Anonymous said...

Good thing for Graham that he has made so much money off the county because having to run in the old districts should get him beat.Graham had the most to gain by having his district packed more with his voters.

Anonymous said...

Black organized crime at its best in all of Hinds County Board of Supervisors spending of tax payers money. Making certain black friends rich

Anonymous said...

Roger Davis. This is your lucky day. Get off your ass and start walking the precincts. Your coffee and tea bullshit approach in 2007 is a recipe for campaigning failure.


Don't wait Roger until September. Start walking the precincts NOW.

Anonymous said...

As bad as it is in Hinds, it's probably worse in Madison with Tim Johnson and the good ole boy network gerrymandering the line so as to ensure their relection and ganging up on D I Smith. DI is the only one up there fit to serve and who's actually looking out for the tax payers.

Anonymous said...

Could there be a more damning letter? Even the corrupt Obama Justice Dept can't green light the HindsCo ineptitude. That's.real.bad. I smell refund though I doubt Superstar Bobby Graham will ask for one.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you qualify to run?

Anonymous said...

Coffee and tea?

Anonymous said...

With the glut of lawyers on the market, you'd think the HBOS could get a real one.

LeBeau0605 said...

Kingfish was on that story like white on rice - no pun intended!!! WOW, WOW and WOW!!! Too bad the Justice Department couldn't see the light of day with Madison ordeal and gerrymandering! ReElect Supervisor D.I. Smith - the ONLY Supervisor in Madison County watching out for the taxpayers!

Anonymous said...

According the laws of the USA gerrymandering is required to meet civil rights if necessary.Madison county plan was not only reviewed by DOJ but the Federal courts as well. What happened the Madison county is political not legal matter.

Anonymous said...

Pike County is going to run under their existing lines. County hasn't heard back from Justice Dept so hand was forced. Consultant is from Stennis Inst Govt. Wayne Dowdy finds current deviation defensible.

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