Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Will Judge Owens recuse herself?

It appears the nephew of Hinds County Chancellor Denise Owens is the aunt (by marriage) of Jody Owens, II.  The Southern Poverty Law Center website states:

Jody Owens leads the SPLC’s Mississippi office and its efforts to reform the state’s juvenile justice, adult criminal justice, educational, and mental health systems.
 The Southern Poverty Law Center sued Governor Phil Bryant and other defendants yesterday in an effort to shut down all charter schools in Mississippi.    The SLPC press release states:

 “A school operating outside the authority of the state board of education and the local school board cannot expect to receive public taxpayer money,” said Jody Owens, managing attorney for the SPLC’s Mississippi office. “The state constitution is clear on this matter.”

A 2015 Jackson Advocate story states:

 Owens was bom a member of a family of high achievers. Mediocrity was never discussed at their dinner table. Good work ethics, even-handedness, and achievement was their family norm. "My uncle Bob Owens was the first member of my immediate family to practice law," she said. Bob Owens was admitted to the bar in 1976. He has practiced law for nearly three decades, and his wife Denise Sweet Owens has served as a Chancery Court Judge in Hinds County since 1989. Joi Owens' older brother Jody E. Owens, II, a legal reformer, leads the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi efforts to transform the state's juvenile justice system. Her older sisters Dr. Michelle Owens is an obstetrician-gynecologist and JoShaunda Purvis is an educator.
The case, Charles Araujo et al v. Governor Phil Bryant et al, was assigned to Chancellor Owens.  Will Judge Owens recuse herself? A recusal means the case is reassigned to Chancellor Thomas, Wise, or Singletary. Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about the Judge, but if she has any respect for the integrity of the court, she should recuse herself.

Anonymous said...

As someone who practices regularly in Hinds Chancery, I have no doubt Judge Owens will recuse herself. She is an excellent judge and has the highest integrity. My guess is she would have already done so but for this being the week of the Mississippi Bar Convention.

Anonymous said...

the bar was last week.

Anonymous said...

I echo the sentiments of 1:28. People craving political controversy will not get it here. It's not like Mr. Owens selected her. It's a random assignment. Judge Owens will recuse herself in due course. I'm sure Mr. Owens is also well aware that it's not in his client's best interest to be before his aunt. No news here...

Kingfish said...

1:28, you are most probably correct. It was randomly assigned to her. Bar convention is this week. She will probably do so next week.

Kingfish said...

Oh, I was told it was this week. Stand corrected.

Anonymous said...

Bar Convention is this week. Technically, Summer School for Lawyers started yesterday and ends tomorrow, and the Convention then picks up and runs through Saturday. At least it better be, or we're all in the wrong spot.

In fact, Judge Owens will be here receiving the Susie Blue Buchanan Award for being an outstanding woman lawyer. It is a well-deserved honor. Y'all are being silly with this.

Anonymous said...

@4:30 - Agreed

Matt said...

Bar Convention is this week. 7/11-7/15. Judge Owens is an excellent Chancellor. She cares and wants to do what's right and required by the law.

Anonymous said...

Please lets us make that decision after, or if, she rescuses herself. Lately I have lost a lot of trust in people.

Anonymous said...

I am very disappointed in this law suit. What is SPLC after? Do they want Jackson youth to fail and not have this small opportunity to escape our failing school system?

Seems to me they would do all they could to eliminate poverty.

Anonymous said...

Getting Owens off the case would be a Wise move for the Plaintiffs.

Anonymous said...

my bad. the appellate courts had no hand downs last week and I thought it was because the bar was going on.

John Dough said...

"It appears the nephew of Hinds County Chancellor Denise Owens is the aunt (by marriage) of Jody Owens, II."

Say what? Is this another Jenner joke?

Anonymous said...

How can a nephew be an aunt?

Anonymous said...

8:47 --

Bear in mind that the SPLC publicly called the Family Research Council a "hate group." This led to some queer activist trying to shoot up their offices, and he had a backpack full of Chick-Fil-A to stuff in people's faces after he killed them. They are a Leftist organization with as much credibility as Black Lives Matter.

And for the rest of you people slobbering all over Judge Owens: how about STFU until she actually does the right thing and recuses herself. Y'all act like it's a done deal. With a Democrat on the bench.

I'm from Missouri. Show me.

Anonymous said...

10:07, I am waiting for her to recuse herself. It is very easy to show you. She hasn't yet.

Kingfish said...

She probably will. She is at the bar convention. She probably won't look at her docket until next week. The other side has not yet been served according to the docket. These things do take time.

Anonymous said...

@10:07... Cool down. Submerge your head in a tub of water three times, but only lift it out twice.

Anonymous said...

Has she recused herself yet?

Anonymous said...

How about an update. Has she recused herself yet?

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