Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Senior Judge Tomie Green pulls criminal cases from Weill & Kidd

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green is removing all criminal cases but capital murder and death penalty cases from Judges Jeff Weill and Winston Kidd on August 1, 2012. The Senior Circuit Judge issued an order today dividing the criminal and civil dockets between all four circuit judges. Judges Tomie Green and Bill Gowan will hear only criminal cases.

Judge Green said in her order the new assignments would clear up the backlog of cases and make the courts more "efficient". Section 9-7-25 of the Mississippi Code allows the senior circuit judge to divide the cases in such a manner:

"(2) While there shall be no limitation whatsoever upon the powers and duties of the said judges other than as cast upon them by the Constitution and laws of this state, the court in the First Judicial District of Hinds County, in the discretion of the senior circuit judge, may be divided into civil and criminal divisions as a matter of convenience, by the entry of an order upon the minutes of the court."

Judge Green stated the cases continue to be randomly assigned but to the judges in the criminal or civil divisions. Judge Green also changed the assignment of emergency hearings:

"all emergency writs, temporary restraining orders, or petitions for probably cause hearings shall be assigned to the senior judge for random reassignment among the four circuit judges or county judges..."

The order gives Judge Green full control over the assignment of all such emergency requests.


Anonymous said...

Hinds County ... A World of Difference!

Anonymous said...

yikes! must be a PMS outburst!!

Anderson said...

Stay classy, 1:42. Don't ever change.

If Weill and Kidd and Gowan don't care, I guess no harm no foul. Guess we will find out soon.

Anonymous said...

Yerger Redux?

Anonymous said...

The median value of personal injury cases in Hinds County just dropped by about 30%, as did the median sentence for violent crime convictions.

Anonymous said...

There are two separate issues here. 1) Does a senior judge have the right to unilaterally create departments or divisions such that certain kinds of cases (i.e., civil and criminal) go only to certain judges; and 2) does a senior judge have the right to make case assignments for emergency writs, TRO's and probable cause petitions?

I don’t know the answer to either question. However, before conservatives get all exorcised over the first question, consider that Judge Greene’s latest power move might be a practical blessing. Judge Greene is pretty tough on crime. She is no friend to the indicted, irrespective of race. At the same time, however, it is a fact that most attorneys representing Caucasians and Caucasian run businesses beset by minority plaintiffs believe their clients will not receive from her racially neutral treatment. Therefore, does anyone think that having Judge Greene restrict herself to criminal cases is a good thing for both the citizen safety and economic prosperity of Hinds County?

Anonymous said...

Judge Greene is pretty tough on crime.

There goes your credibility right out the window.

Curt Crowley said...

4:07pm: "Judge Greene (sic) is pretty tough on crime."

You're pretty full of shit.

Anonymous said...

The order talks about "the training, background and experience of each judge." This seems pretty fair to me, Bill Gowan has a long record of experience in law enforcement and has proven to be a fair and impartial judge. Jeff Weill has had a long career as a civil lawyer (he was a mediator) and very little criminal experience. Seems this order suits each judges experience.

meople said...

Finally the old curt comes through blount and to the point.

Curt Crowley said...
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Curt Crowley said...

:07, could you please enlighten us with a few examples of Tomie Green being tough on crime. And by "crime," I'm not referring to crazy women with .08 BACs driving too fast. I mean the kind of crime that presents the greatest danger to Hinds County residents: the violent habitual animal who won't stop thuggin.

While you run down to the clerk's office to find some examples, let me give you a couple of examples of some of Tomie T's greatest hits:

10-time (now 13-time) Violent Habitual Piece of S--t Anthony Demon Jones

Tomie Green Breaks the Law to Give a Break to Rapist of a 4 year-old Child.

Having Tomie Green presiding over such a substantial number of criminal cases poses an imminent, grave danger to the safety of the citizens of Hinds County. As one of those citizens, it scares the hell out of me to even think about her asinine "administrative" intrusions into public safety matters.

Tomie Green is out of control. One of the other branches of government must act before one of her ego-stroking, attention-seeking orders gets someone killed.

Anonymous said...

This isn't the first time this has been done in Hinds County. It worked this way with Coleman and Hilburn.

Curt Crowley said...

5:21, your comment would make a lot of sense if it did not ignore the elephant in the room. That elephant, of course, is Tomie Green.

I suspect very few people would question Judge Gowan's capacity to handle criminal cases, or Judge Weill's ability to handle civil cases.

The threat to public safety comes from the 50% of the cases that will be handled by Tomie Green.

Tomie Green's inexplicable behavior and bizarre proclamations make me, as a citizen, seriously question whether Tomie Green can be trusted to protect the public, to stop interfering with Sheriff Lewis' performance of his statutory duties, to stop foolishly pissing away public safety funds and valuable time dealing with phony controversies she creates.

This is too damn important for Tomie T's games. Her silliness puts lives in danger. Most citizens who live outside the lawyer bubble understand this.

Anonymous said...

Well Curt would you agree if this order allowed Judge Kidd and Gowan to hear criminal cases? You would have to agree that Jeff Weill lacks the experience in criminal law to handle those cases. I mean any judge can say "I don't like black people and here is a hundred years to serve." that's not impressive to those of us that actually understand the criminal justice system.

Anonymous said...

Other than the entertainment value, I can't imagine anyone caring about what happens in Hinds Co.

I will admit that it is funny as hell to read the paper every day.

Can you imagine what the relatively new Hinds Co. jail is really like.

Apparently it is run by the inmates.

This is all just too much fun.

So glad I moved out of Hinds Co.

KaptKangaroo said...

I have a question. At what point do the counter balances within the legal community address this situation?

Is it me, or does it seem that the bench here is appointed for life much like the Supremes?

I don't know, maybe someone better educated can enlighten us.

KaptKangaroo said...

I'm not talking about voting, I'm talking about the continued "look the other way" when it comes to issues the legal community itself, rails against.

Anonymous said...

Curt is right, she appears to have a full belly.

Perhaps she needs some Dulcoax.
"Gentle, predictable overnight relief " ...

What's the latest on this Judge's fender-bender ?

KaptKangaroo said...

Was thinking the same thing, fender bender-wise.

Anonymous said...

weill was once an assistant district atty under dunn lampton and has done criminal defense.

Anonymous said...

He was an assistant da for like 18 months in the 1980s in Walthall County....how much crime did he see?

Anonymous said...

What happens when a "recuse" comes into play?

Anonymous said...


not for a county, for a district. if lampton could springboard that into US Atty, well... also did criminal defense in jackson for a number of years.

Anonymous said...

Walthall County was in his district as an assitant, for which he served for like 5 minutes in the 1980s. I am sure he tried a bunch of cases in that busy crime infested circuit court district.

Anonymous said...

yo! KF...do you have any idea how many times toemmie green has been over turned by a higher court? It must be some sort of record I would think.....

Anonymous said...

Wow- Someone tell Ashley Ogden his successes in Judge Green's civil arena are gonna come to a screeching halt-How ironic she would do this to him- More interesting is that Mr. Grant now will get to supervise 50% of all indicted defendants for Judge Green- What a great job he has carved out for himself

Anonymous said...


That's exactly why I just bought land in Walthall County.
It's far from perfect, but it's a hell of allot safer than the "Jackson Metro" .

( Madison & Rankin included )

Anonymous said...


I am sure it is safer than the metro. Doesn't make for an experienced prosecutor though. He needs to stick to mediating cases.

Shadowfax said...

What happens in case of a recusal? Simple. Judge Green draws a name from a pool of anonymous posters on this site.

Anonymous said...

Weill is blatantly pro-prosecution in criminal cases to this point I am told: that the State confessed a motion to suppress evidence and Weill insisted on having a hearing and found the evidence admissible. I am also told that he frequently asks the prosecutors what to do in situations where he has no clue what to do and always does as told.

His experience as a prosecutor is slim to meaningless. He needed reeling in.

Anonymous said...

Hinds County is a crime cesspool.

Curt Crowley said...

Judge Weill isn't the problem here. Judge Weill isn't interfering with the Sheriff. Judge Weill isn't pissing away public funds and time by creating phony controversies in an attempt to show you his fake authoritah. Judge Weill isn't letting violent 10-time prior convicted felons walk. Judge Weill isn't giving illegal suspended sentences to people who rape 4 year old children. Judge Weill isn't jeopardizing public safety. Judge Weill isn't putting lives in danger.

No. Judge Weill isn't doing those things. It is Tomie T. "they hate my hue" Green (actual quote) who is doing these things. If this is what "experience" gets us, no thanks. I'll take my chances with the new guy.

Like anyone else, the longer Judge Weill presides over cases, the better he's going to get. On the other hand, there's no way to fix 20 years of incumbency-induced institutionalized stupidity.

While you all are arguing over whether Judge Weill had a part-time job bagging groceries in high school, the thugs in the Ghetto Subdistrict are high-fiving each other.

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