Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A recusal nightmare brewing in Hinds County?
With the announcement that Malcolm Harrison has been appointed to replace Bobby DeLaughter on the Hinds County Circuit bench, concerns are being raised that newly-minted Judge Harrison will be disqualified from presiding over many, if not most, of the criminal cases currently pending on the docket. In his capacity as County Attorney, Judge Harrison was responsible for prosecuting most of the felony crimes charged in Hinds County during his term as county attorney. I'd bet that most of the criminal cases currently assigned to the DeLaughter/Harrison docket will be reassigned quickly. If not, there will likely be a flood of motions for recusal in the coming weeks.