Former Jackson Municipal Court Judge June Hardwick sent a racially inflammatory email about Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill one week before the November 4 election. Apparently the judge does not employ the type of justice she enjoyed from another judge in Hinds County. Ms. Hardwick wrote:
June Hardwick [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: VOTE for Judge Ali Shamsiddeen next Tue.
We are exactly one (1) week away from Election Day. I need a favor please...
My friend and colleague Judge Ali Shamsiddeen is running for the Hinds County Circuit Court judge seat - District 7 - Sub-district 1. He is not running against current incumbents Senior Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green or Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd.
Instead, Ali is running against Judge Jeff Weill. I would not typically mention the name of the opponent. I am this time only because you need to know who this man is. Weill is an ultra-conservative, who enjoys sentencing black men to the maximum allowable time in prison regardless of the facts presented. I have seen and experienced for myself. During trials, he functions as a prosecutor. Defense attorneys practicing in Weill's courtroom fight not only against ADA's but also Weill. I have argued three (3) trials in front of him:
He made these experiences awful.
He is unfair.
He is a sexist and a racist bigot.
As a result, Weill cannot be fair and impartial. It's just not in him. I HAVE NEVER, EVER WITNESSED WEILL BEING FAIR AND IMPARTIAL!
(Redacted as the paragraph refers to a personnel matter) Regardless, we voters can hold him accountable for his rampant wrongdoing against the black community.
Vote for Ali Shamsiddeen.
Ali is the better candidate. He hails from Georgetown (KF note: That is Georgetown in Mississippi, not Washington DC) and graduated from Lanier. Ali attended Cumberland Law School in Birmingham and later clerked with Judge Tomie Green. I met him back in 2005, when he shared office space with the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Atty. Barry Howard and Atty. Imhotep Alkebulan. He now shares office space with 2014 Mayoral candidate Atty. Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
Ali has practiced law all over the State. I had the honor of working with him on the Municipal Court bench from October 2013 until July 2014. He offered me advice and guidance during my time on the bench. Staff and defendants oftentimes would compare my decision-making and me to Ali. This was a compliment, because I know beyond doubt that Ali cares about the outcomes of every defendant, who appears before him. He actually listens to the facts and arrives at an objective and fair decision based upon the individual defendant and the facts presented to him. Ali makes it a habit to deliberate his decisions before ruling. It is and was not ever his intention to race through the docket. Too many of us have experienced the assembly line nature of criminal justice. However, Ali considers each case individually and takes his time. He is patient. We can expect him to be the outstanding administrator of justice that he is now once he's elected to the Circuit Court bench. Judge Ali Shamisiddeen will continue to be firm and fair.
However, feel free to do your own research. Then, please encourage your family and friends to look for his name - Ali Shamsiddeen - on the ballot next Tuesday and vote for him.
Lastly, during the last stretch of the campaign, the Committee to Elect Ali Shamsiddeen Circuit Judge needs your help. If you're interested in volunteering with the campaign, please reach them using any of the methods below:
Apparently Judge Weill does not serve up the kind of justice preferred by Ms. Hardwick. Here is the kind of justice she likes: Getting judges to bend the law for her. It seems Ms. Hardwick quit paying her mortgage in October 2013. The lender moved to foreclose on the house several months later but the day before the sale, our social justice attorney got Judge Denise Owens to stop the foreclosure sale. She was a Jackson Municipal Court Judge when the foreclosure sale was supposed to take place. Judge Owens issued a preliminary injunction on April 17 and a temporary restraining order on April 8 against Bank of America.
Ms. Hardwick claimed the lender rejected her attempts to modify her loan or "work with her" on the payments. How many homeowners who lost their homes in Hinds County wish they could enjoy such special treatment? Meet social justice in Hinds County.