Wednesday, May 10, 2023

When Judge Thomas Opposed HB #1020

Should Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas recuse himself from hearing any HB #1020 cases?  Check out this January 30, 2023 press release issued by the Hinds County judges. 


So is Judge Thomas prejudiced against the bill before him? 


Anonymous said...

I think HB 1020 violates the Mississippi and U.S. Constitutions, and I think every Hinds County judge should recuse in light of that idiotic press release.

Anonymous said...

I think HB 1020 violates the Mississippi and U.S. Constitutions ...

How so? Be specific.

Anonymous said...

This memo came out when the original version of HB 1020 was being bounced around. The senate downgraded it to a municipal court that would only hear misdemeanors.

Kingfish said...

It still appoints special judges.

Bill Dees said...

KF, just because you don't think you could separate your personal beliefs from your duty to uphold the law doesn't mean Judge Thomas can't do that.

Anonymous said...

Dees, Thomas can't. End of story.

Kingfish said...

"judge shall not, while a proceeding is pending or impending in any court, make any public comment that might reasonably be expected to affect its outcome or impair its fairness or make any nonpublic comment that might substantially interfere with a fair trial or hearing."

Anonymous said...

The City of Jackson and all others are created by the State and the State can pass additional laws for the betterment of its people.

Anonymous said...

Bill Dees- you clearly have no understanding of the Judicial Code of Conduct. But hey, that probably makes you a good candidate for election to the bench in Hinds County

Anonymous said...

I'm not optimistic about this judge being able to be impartial at all. He shouldn't have been asked to be over this.
I guess Jackson is going to remain a hell-hole.

Anonymous said...

These people do not want law and order. Please let them live their lives according to their culture.

Anonymous said...

Let Jackson solve its own problems or fail. The rest of the state doesn’t owe them one damn dime to help them.

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting conundrum. On the one hand, under the recusal standard, he probably should recuse because the statement itself certainly gives the impression that any judge signing the statement cannot adjudicate the case in an unbiased manner, or at least without avoiding the appearance of impropriety. On the other hand, given that this bill specifically affects the Hinds County judiciary, it would be ... strange (can't think of a better word), for a specially-appointed judge from outside of Hinds County to rule on the matter. I don't know why the judges issued the statement in opposition in the first place. I know why they didn't like the bill, obviously, but to issue a statement in opposition seems like an improper political act by a judicial officer.

Anonymous said...

Did any of the defendants file a motion for recusal?
Even if they didn’t, he should have recused himself without being sked.
Obvious obvious conflict.

Anonymous said...

Thomas now calling this the most important case of his 40 year legal career? That's either a feint or a ruse in light of this press release.

Anonymous said...

Everybody screaming about their rights being violated because they can't vote on the people. My question to them is name one functioning part of county or city government in Hinds/Jackson.

Out of control crime, no water, no sewage, dangerous jail, major shortage of LEO on and on. The board of supervisors and the city council can not have a meeting without it looking like WWE. Tell me how those elected officials are working out.

Anonymous said...

@10:24. Spot on, but they don't want to hear that.

Anonymous said...

Jackson crime and judicial backlog, which deny civil rights of both victims and accused, are not sufficient criteria for appointing more judges? Guess not when crime stats are hidden and denied while race is the foremost consideration, more significant than timely trials and safety.

The name "Lumumba" will forever associated with incompetence and the stench of open sewers.

Anonymous said...

Let Henefin be the judge for this case

I contibuted to the fund said...

"Judge" Thomas needs to tone down his cockiness. A total and complete tool.

Susan Maneck said...

The Mississippi legislature cares not one whit about the "betterment" of the residence of Jackson. Face it, this is about race.

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