As some of you may know, a felony conviction prevents someone from holding a law license. A law license is required to be a circuit court judge. Ergo, DeLaughter will be removed from the bench upon, or shortly after, his guilty plea tomorrow afternoon. (Assuming his guilty plea is in fact entered and accepted by the court.)
That opens the question: Who will Barbour appoint to replace DeLaughter?
While there is no requirement that the new judge come from the area of Hinds County covered by DeLaughter's post (Clinton, Raymond, and other points in Hinds County west & south of there), for electoral purposes, it would be more practical if the new appointee lived there.
Personally, I view the seat as Hinds County Circuit Court judge as one of the most important in Mississippi, state or federal. Hinds County is the financial, medical, and governmental mecca of the state, and as a result, some of our most important legal questions arise first in its Circuit Court. Therefore, I think this issue deserves great input from the citizenry and intense consideration by Gov. Barbour.
So, who do y'all think will get the nod?
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