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Face-off: Faye Peterson v. Robert Smith

The Aug. 7 primaries produced three run-off races in Hinds County, but the DA's race overshadows the other two races, pitting both old foes and warring factions against one another. Peterson got the most votes with 39 percent, while Smith collected the second highest ranking at 33 percent on Aug. 7. Challenger Michele Purvis came in third, with 27 percent, disqualifying her from the run-off.

Peterson, 42, has held the office for six years, after assuming the desk from retiring DA Ed Peters, who held the post since the days of "Blacula." Peterson worked in Peters' office as an ADA prior to her ascension to the DA's seat.

While Peterson carried the central portions of Jackson and much of the northwestern and south Jackson sections, Smith ran well outside the city of Jackson, with strong showings in largely white county sectors such as Clinton, Raymond and Byram. Smith may owe some of his popularity in those areas to Peters, who Smith says asked him to run for the office two years ago. Peters is a long-time friend of Mayor Frank Melton.

Sheriff Malcolm McMillin told the Jackson Free Press Tuesday that he is endorsing Peterson in the run-off, which may impact Peterson's lagging support in the rural county areas, where McMillin is extremely popular.

McMillin said he endorsed Peterson because of what he believes to be Smith's alignment with Frank Melton. McMillin said he opposed "Melton's attempt to expand his sphere of influence to county offices."

"If Frank Melton is in support of a candidate, I'm against them. That's my litmus test for the sheriff's support of the DA candidate. If you are aligned in any way with Mayor Melton, it would seem to be that that would be an attempt by him to control that office, so any support by Mayor Melton for the DA candidate would certainly put me in the other camp," McMillin said, when he announced the endorsement on the Jackson Free Press Web site (story).

Melton's Man?

The run-off race between Peterson and Smith is just as heated, if not more so, than the campaign leading up to the primary. Peterson, similar to her campaign leading up to the primary, is framing the race as more of a war between Jackson Mayor Frank Melton and Peterson's office than a battle between two lawyers.

Melton's relationship with the DA's office has been intense since he took office as mayor in July 2005. The mayor knowingly hid two young men indicted for armed robbery at his home for a year until Peterson caught the two on camera at a televised barbecue at Melton's north Jackson home.

Michael Taylor and Fredrica Brunson were wanted for the armed robbery of a business in 2005, and turned themselves in after Melton initially refused to hand the men over to deputies, until McMillin ordered him to. Smith was Taylor's attorney in that case.

In 2006, Melton also publicly belittled the DA's case against Aundre Mason, Elisha Moton, Corey Redd, Darnell Turner and Terrance Womack -- alleged drug dealers called the "Grayhead Gang" in the media -- for allegedly kidnapping and shooting Michael Sanders in the leg on March 10, 2004.

All the defendants in that case had ties with Melton and four of the men, save Mason, had even turned themselves in to police through Melton to face trial for that incident.

The Hinds County jury failed to convict the five when the victim, Sanders, refused to testify when called by the prosecution. Sanders had recanted a statement identifying the five as his assailants. Smith was Turner's attorney in that case.

As the trial began, Melton told the media that the trial was "overkill," calling the defendants "just a group of kids." All of the defendants were in their late 20s when the crime occurred.

Peterson and Melton later clashed when Peterson took the mayor's demolition of a home on Ridgeway Street before a grand jury, which indicted the mayor and his two bodyguards on five felony counts regarding the incident. The case was investigated by both the sheriff's office and the state attorney general, and is now reportedly one component of a multi-pronged FBI investigation of the mayor.

Melton never denied destroying the privately owned home, but a Hinds County jury ruled that Melton broke no law in destroying the house, after the judge allowed his attorney Dale Danks tell the jury the prosecution had to prove "evil intent." Homeowner Jennifer Sutton has filed a civil lawsuit for the damage.

The mayor actively endorses Smith over Peterson, calling on crowds to vote against Peterson at public events, such as the recent black rodeo at the Jackson Coliseum. Smith has also served as an attorney representing Melton's friends in a number of court cases. Smith represented Darnell Turner in the Sanders case, and Det. Marcus Wright for his help in destroying the Ridgeway home. Smith is asking the city of Jackson to pay him $30,000 for his defense of Wright, though Melton said earlier that he would pay the trial costs.

Smith also represented Anthony Staffney, who was on trial with Maurice Warner and Vidal Sullivan, for the murder of Carey Bias. Staffney and Warner are long-time mentees of the mayor. They were acquitted after a witness refused to testify. Staffney and Warner's brother, Marlon, both are on the city Parks payroll, and recently helped supervise a mayoral camp for 51 boys in Jefferson Davis County.

Former DA Ed Peters, who asked Smith to run, also has a storied relationship with the mayor.

Recently, he accompanied Melton to the Mississippi attorney general's office to discuss a plea deal after the Ridgeway Street and gun indictments; the plea deal later fell through.

As DA, Peters refused to take a case in 1993, presented by then-Jackson Police Chief Jimmy Wilson and Det. Edna Drake, alleging corruption and sexual violations at the Hinds County Youth Detention Center, then under the directorship of now-City Councilman Frank Bluntson -- who votes unerringly with the mayor on divisive council issues. A memo from Wilson to the FBI outlined allegations and identified Melton as a possible connection to the scandal, worthy of investigation. The FBI agent assigned to the case, Joe Jackson, soon resigned his position and went to work as Melton's No. 2 man at WLBT; Bluntson resigned his position and went to work for Peters. Danks was Bluntson's attorney.

Smith, 36, said he has no knowledge of the Juvenile Detention investigation. "That was way before my time, and I don't know anything about that. The idea that I'm running because Peters wants me to run as an ally of Mr. Melton is ludicrous," Smith told the JFP, adding that Peterson's accusation is an attempt to "cloud the real issues."

Crooks v. Cops

The day after the primary, Peterson framed the race as a battle between the prosecutor's office and criminals, accusing Smith outright of being "in bed with criminals."

"When I observed individuals who I know have pending charges or have been charged with very serious crimes or are persons of interest in various shootings, drug deals and things like that, wearing his T-shirts and handing out push cards or standing on street corner, holding up his signs, what else am I to think? You have that, and you wonder why in the world would some individuals, who are unredeemable criminals, be wanting to assist the district attorney," Peterson said in an interview after the primaries.

Peterson said she has seen "Greyhead" suspect Darnell Turner -- a long-time protege of Melton -- pushing campaign cards for Smith. Turner was one of the defendants in the Sanders case that Smith defended against an absentee victim. Prosecution witnesses in that case, Damien Shelton and Johnny Jones, testified that they helped Turner and the other four in the Sanders case organize the kidnapping, though Turner told reporters that Shelton and Jones were the ones who actually carried out the attack on Sanders.

Turner, also known as "Slick" to many Jackson police over the age of 30, is allegedly involved in other incidents outside the Sanders case, however.

"Turner allegedly shot Roderick Taylor, and is alleged to have also been involved in some other cases where the victims don't want to go forward on," Peterson said, adding that police files detail the allegations against Turner.

Peterson said Smith also has another young man, Keith Proctor, campaigning for him. Like Turner, Proctor has had numerous run-ins with the law, but unlike Turner, Proctor's indictment is still pending in Hinds County Circuit Court. County records show Procter has been charged with grand larceny, and felony eluding, as well as possession of cocaine, receiving stolen goods and possession of marijuana.

Smith does not deny that either of the two men works for him now.

"All kinds of people volunteer their time, people who come by on their own and grab material. People from all over volunteer their time, people who are interested in change. I know Peterson is throwing out a particular person to help with my campaign, but there are volunteers from all over the county," Smith said, adding that Peterson is trying to distract voters from the issues.

"Peterson is using some last-minute, desperate attacks. I think some of these distractions she's trying to use is not helping the public one bit," Smith said.

"With the number of people who have been released by Miss Peterson, that's her job. If she's claiming that someone's out, and they're of questionable character, she's the authority behind whether or not that person is out on the streets or not."

Smith denied that Proctor's participation in his election campaign would not influence his prosecution of Procter's upcoming case. Smith focused, instead, on Peterson's record, which he criticized as not being as dynamic as it should be.

'I can do it better'

Smith pointed to a report on the DA's Web site explaining that her office had returned 318 cases to arresting authorities for more thorough investigation. He also pointed to a recent Clarion-Ledger article outlining a high number of repeat offenders clogging the county court system.

"(Peterson) is not telling the people about the number of defendants that have been arrested a number of times for numerous felonies. The problem lies with the number of cases that are being mishandled that she just turns around and blames on law enforcement agencies," Smith said.

Police Chief Shirlene Anderson told the JFP that her police are arresting people but that they have no control over what happens to the case once the arrest is made. Some members of JPD, mostly longtime veterans, counter that a violent upheaval in the ranks placing virtual rookies in positions of authority are complicating case building and producing a shoddy product, then dropping low-grade cases into the DA's office -- which then inevitably have to be returned for more work.

Peterson's critics accuse her of playing down many of her cases, accepting reduced sentences and taking plea deals when the DA's office is well capable of pushing a hard case that will net more time for the suspects.

The district attorney -- as well as Smith -- says plea deals are essential to a DA's office, a necessity if prosecutors are expected to clear a high number of cases during the course of a year, and adds that no murder suspect is pleading himself out of serving time.

Some pleas, she said, were out of the DA's hands, anyhow.

One case involved Calvin Tyler, who pled open to the charge of murder, but got a lighter sentence due to the judge's discretion. "When the defendant pleads open to the charge of murder, the sentence is up to the court. With the judge that normally means mandatory life, but that didn't happen that time. The judge gave him 20 years, suspended five years probation," Peterson said.

Peterson uses the success of the DA's court facilitator position as a leg in the stool of her campaign. Peterson boasts that the facilitator, working in tandem with the local policing agencies and the courts, has helped direct personal attention to individual cases and, in the process, sped cases along and lowered the average docket from 4,000 cases to 2,000.

Peterson threatened to de-fund the position in 2004, however, when Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter and Hinds County Judge Mike Parker tried to move the court facilitator under the direct auspices of the court. The facilitator's position is funded through federal money. The DA's office currently uses its portion of the grant to fund the facilitator position. The City of Jackson also gets a portion of the grant to fund the position and similarly allocates that money to the facilitator position, as does the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

Had Peterson pulled out, she risked dashing the inter-local agreement creating the position. She defends her 2004 game of chicken, which successfully retained the position for the DA's office, even as her boldness annoyed some within the judicial system.

"My position was Judge DeLaughter and Judge Parker could not legally usurp that position. A judge can't, on their own, just decide to direct a board or a city council on how to spend federal dollars. I'm not going to take money that I could instead use in my office to finance another ADA, to house somebody outside my office, that I have no control or input on anymore. It made no sense to me," Peterson said.

Both Peterson and Smith are touting their record. County records say the circuit court system received 1,488 case dispositions in 2006, including 933 resolutions by guilty pleas, 236 resolved by revocations, 38 jury trials and 190 remands. The DA's office claimed 32 guilty verdicts out of those 38 trial cases and six not-guilty verdicts, amounting to an 84 percent conviction rate.

Critics claim that the case backlog of an average of 2,000 cases is mediocre, however, and that the DA's office should be doing more to help authorities assemble cases. Before the primary, Purvis told the JFP that Peterson was not doing all she could to train police to present a solid indictment against a defendant.

"Chiefs throughout the district ... would like assistance in educating them(selves) on grand juries and what needs to go into a particular case and things of that nature.... I think a lot of police officers tend to forget that the police report that they write is what we use to subpoena witnesses, and sometimes something as simple as having a bad address or a bad telephone number or no telephone number, those kinds of things (can hurt a case). It might sound elementary, but we have to do the basics to make sure that we have what we need to prove the case," Purvis said.

Purvis later endorsed Peterson after the primary, saying she is better suited for the job than Smith.

"When looking at the remaining two candidates, based upon experience I feel she is the best person for the job as far as the community is concerned and what's best for the community. ... I know (the Jackson Free Press) did not believe me when I was running, but again, my only reason for running was trying to make a difference for the community," Purvis said. "With the problems we're having with crime and things of that nature, I just believe Faye is the best person to try and correct those things."

Prior to the endorsement, however, Peterson was fighting to defend her record against Purvis' accusations of her hesitance to educate police, countering that the DA's office, with an annual budget of less than $2 million, could not dedicate itself to detailed training of a police department with a budget of almost $44 million.

"Training the police department is not an excellent use of the district attorney's resources," Peterson said. "We just don't have those kinds of resources. We're small; we're tiny compared to the Jackson Police Department."

Smith is touting his own experience, defending countless suspects before criminal and misdemeanor courts. Smith is best known for pulling his clients through some very high-profile cases, such as Darnell Turner of the reputed Greyhead drug group, and James Benton, acquitted alongside Albert "Batman" Donelson for the murder of Aaron Crockett, Anthony Staffney for the murder of Carey Bias, all of which are considered "Melton cases," due to his relationship with principals, by the current district attorney, and all had witness difficulties as the cases went to trial.

More recently, Smith defended Michael Taylor, the young man living with Melton who he alleged ordered to help tear down the Ridgeway duplex, and who was later arrested for an armed carjacking. Smith defends his record of defending high-profile suspects, saying that Peterson, too, once worked as a public defender.

Smith, however, is paid well by his clients -- leading some people to wonder how he will react if he has to again face them as district attorney.

Experience, and a history

Such an engaging career is not above collecting a few disgruntled clients, however.

Smith failed to clear Jackson resident Daron Rouster of shooting and killing his girlfriend and wounding her two brothers. The district attorney delivered Rouster life plus 40 years for murder and assault, though his mother Sharon Rouster complains Smith could have argued the assault conviction.

Rouster said proof of a struggle between her son and the brothers was obvious in gunshot wounds to his face and stab wounds to his chest. Court transcripts reveal Daron Rouster even had one of his fingers shot -- a move unlikely by even the most ham-handed of assailants.

Smith never requested blood or ballistic testing of the crime scene, but collected between $7,000 and $10,000 for handling the case, according to Sharon Rouster. "Smith worked my case for months, and from my point of view, he did nothing," she complained, adding that Smith coaxed her son into endorsing his $2,000 Social Security check over to him, for attorney fees, while he sat in jail waiting for trial.

Smith told the Jackson Free Press he "never should have taken the case."

"I took (the case) because another lawyer knew her and said she needed help, and I said 'fine.' The only thing I could do was protect the kid's rights. He was found guilty because the evidence showed he was guilty. I could not convince the jury that he was acting in self-defense, because that's not what the evidence showed. All I can do is represent him to the best of my ability," Smith said.

However, Smith did not deny cashing the Social Security check. "I don't understand what any of this has to do with the DA's race," he said. "This is throwing mud, and if attacking the other candidate is the only thing she has to offer then we can see why the business and citizens of Hinds County are leaving."

Firing back at Peterson the day after the primary, Smith told the media that she is not involved with cases. However, prosecution records dispute that claim, showing that Peterson herself has tried, and won, many cases, a fact that has been little acknowledged in the local media, which seldom mentions the prosecutor when a jury returns a guilty verdict.

In the last three years, she herself has tried at least 11 violent crime cases before a jury and walked away with seven life-without-parole and four life sentences. Two of the cases -- of murderers Ronnie Edward Smith and James R. Williams III -- she tried in back-to-back weeks in March 2005.

The week after the highly hyped Donelson acquittals -- after the DA had to drop Melton witness Christopher Walker when the defense showed that he was tainted by his relationship with Melton -- Peterson convinced a different jury to give Adrian Willard life without parole for capital murder. (Ironically, Purvis had tried to use Willard's lesser charges -- the ones he wasn't convicted of -- against Peterson.)

Peterson is also proud of her ability to move cases, and reduce the stress of appeal on victims' families, by getting defendants to plead and take life sentences rather than face the DA's office in court. For instance, Eddie Smith pled guilty to murder life in July 2005 and Damion Prince in November 2006; both took life sentences.

Previous Comments

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81918
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Bump. Adam has new info for the D.A. discussion.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-22T16:29:20-06:00
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81919
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"You wouldn't put Adolf Hitler on a cement slab one week after surgery." Higginbottom in response to Frank Melton being put in jail for parole violation. Somehow this relates to Faye Peterson. Look, Melton's camp planted the custody story with WLBT so they could drop this fake letter and press release Kim Wade read. The lady in question sure has a command of the English language for being from outside the USA.
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pikersam
Date
2007-08-22T16:49:27-06:00
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81920
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Huh? What ARE you talking about, Pike?
Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-22T16:51:37-06:00
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81921
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I just tuned into Kim Wade. Amazing that Melton has Hickingbottom out slinging dirt in the DA's race. You'd think that Robert Smith would not be happy with this; it makes it look even more like Smith is Melton's guy. HIckingbottom: "Faye Peterson is dumb as a rock ...: "I didn't just get off the turnip boat last week." What a trash man. I remember the lies he told about *me* during the mayoral campaign. I would so hate to be him and be paid to do this kind of work.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-22T16:58:30-06:00
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81922
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He's just sitting there trashing her, over and over again. What scum.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-22T16:58:59-06:00
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81923
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Higginbottom is on Kim Wade talking crap about this accusation of Smith's 'baby momma.' They supposedly released a press release and letter blasting Faye for doing this, even though it was a WLBT reporter who asked the question.
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pikersam
Date
2007-08-22T17:00:08-06:00
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81924
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I think Kim knows this is comedy at it's finest for those of us that can think for ourselves. ;-)
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pikersam
Date
2007-08-22T17:01:28-06:00
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81925
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I see. Who was the WLBT reporter? Peterson is not the one who mentioned this to me, and considering how much we've interviewed her, why wouldn't she? What's interesting is that Smith's campaign seems out of his control. Imagine how it would be if he was D.A. Ponder, all.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-22T17:02:31-06:00
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81926
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I heard Hickingbottom today. I think there's a zoo in Tupelo missing a monkey. He even referred to Ms. Peterson as "sinful" in his closing remarks. I'll put it this way: if I were running for office and I needed someone to dish the dirt on my opponents, he'd be the first one I'd call on.
Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-08-22T18:15:28-06:00
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81927
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I heard that, too. I just can't get over the message that calling out Hickingbottom to support Smith is sending. It seems to denote desperation, and I can't imagine that Smith is happy about it. But maybe he is. Amazing. Maybe Chris Walker is next. And your zoo line is FABULOUS.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-22T18:19:02-06:00
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81928
Comment
OK, so Higginbottom ran a portion of the Tyrone Lewis campaign. Now he's campaigning for Schuler-Smith. Is he still being paid from our City's meager coffers? Did Higginbottom's appearance on Kim Wade and his revelation of a "love child's" existance convince everyone of Schuler-Smith's virility? Was this one of the purposes of such information? Something is very wrong with this whole picture and me thinks that something is Melton meddling.
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ChrisCavanaugh
Date
2007-08-22T21:00:35-06:00
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81929
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Higginbottom is a nut and that is putting it simple. I tried my best to get through on the Kim show to ask him, what does he gain by the negative un-true comments he was making. I just wanted to find out how much is the Melton camp paying him and why he is stuck so deep in their buts. Actually as I listen to him, I realized that he was really sick, the type of person who has nothing going for him and tries to pull people down to make himself look good. The sad thing about this is none of the men who speak out against Faye knows nothing about her, but one thing she will not allow them to purchase her because she is not for sell. Unlike the Stokes, Bluntson, dummy Higginbottom, Schuler-Smith and the rest of the but kissers. You know as I watch them, I can only thank God that I don't build my persecution of a person based on how others may feel. This goes to show they lack an original thought and are nothing but followers. I wonder if tomorrow Frank announced that a bridge is open for jumping off, if they would follow this cause. These are people that Jackson don't need representing them in nothing, not even the collection of trash. Higginbottom want people to believe that the crime problem is the DA's, how silly can this be. He knows better, just an old foolish man with no integrity. He is really mad actually beyond mad, because of the endorsement of McMillion and Purvis. The thing that warms my heart and spirit is that true men are stepping up and supporting the DA against these attacks, it’s apparent that they have something against women in politics; especially when they don’t bow down to them. I wonder if they have a spouse and how controlling they must be. I can say for Shuller he does not have it and I would not have any represent nothing for me, he is weak and some how he thinks that his piggy back off of Danks gave him a spine. I don’t think so, he has no platform.
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BJM
Date
2007-08-23T20:03:39-06:00
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81930
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Just saw the commercial Smith's campaign is running where a couple states that their 2 year old daughter/granddaughter was killed by a drunk driver and Faye did not prosecute the case. They go on to endorse Smith as a DA that will fight for the victim. The commercial ends with Ed Peters coming on and endorsing Smith. Now I'm sorry about the loss of the couple, but I'm sure that only part of the story is being told. Can anyone research this? Also I posted on another topic about Robert Smith, Darnell Turner and others campaigning a Couples nightclub this past Saturday. That's some shaky stuff if I've ever seen any. I asked my hubby (who told me about it) why he didn't get pictures and he said he was so shocked that he didn't think about it. What do you guys think?
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honey2me
Date
2007-08-26T21:37:02-06:00
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81931
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if smith wins it would be because some white people in some black people in hinds county still believe tough talk equals a person that can get the job done, people still havent learned from frank melton.
Author
NewJackson
Date
2007-08-26T22:35:31-06:00
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81932
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Well, it seems clear that Smith is willing to allow his former clients to help him get votes. That is interesting, considering all the shock some people showed over the DA's accusation that is is "in bed with criminals." Let me ask this: A district attorney herself sees men she could not convict because the victim got scared at the last minute campaigning for her opponent. Is her talking about that, thus, considering dirty politics or mud-slinging? Or, put another way, have we come to a place in Jackson, thanks to Mr. Melton, where there are so many felons and almost-felons working in city government and living in the mayor's home that our sense of reality, and of right and wrong, is completely skewed? If so, these are interesting conditions, and Lord help what we might attract next. We'll look at that case, honey. Why not—we've gotten the "rest of the story" on dozens at this point. We can get through one more day of it.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-27T08:55:50-06:00
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81933
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you know, you're right, Ladd. There's something mighty strange when felons are campaigning their former attorney for DA...very strange...
Author
Izzy
Date
2007-08-28T12:13:01-06:00
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81934
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So what! Donna if former felons are campaigning for Robert can you see any positive. People change don't they. Put the shoe on your foot. Ask yourself what would Jesus do? That is if you believe in him... I'm sick and tired of negative azz people. So what if Robert was in the club campaigning. I could have been negative with honey2me about her husband being in the club. Some of you people should think before you write these messages. Then again VOTE ROBERT S. SMITH! WHERE IS THE LOVE iF YOU ONLY HAVE LOVE FOR YOUR OWN RACE, THEN YOU ONLY LEAVE SPACE TO DISCRIMINATE, AND TO DISCRIMINATE ONLY GENERATES HATE, MADNESS IS WHAT YOU DEMONSTRATE(Black Eyed Peas)
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filetmeow007
Date
2007-08-28T13:44:41-06:00
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81935
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People change don't they. Put the shoe on your foot. Sure, they do, filet. And that's great. The issue here, though, is that we're talking about the same group of felons or accused—many of whom walked because witnesses withdrew or recanted at the last second. The same goes for Melton—putting former felons in charge of young people at a boys' camp. Filet, there are ways to help former felons and bring them back into society without (a) putting them in charge of children and (b) having them play primary roles in the campaigns of their former defense attorneys who are now running for D.A. At best, it doesn't pass the smell test. And can you tell me why anyone should vote for a potential D.A. who pulled a man down from Chicago under false pretenses, stuck him on a TV set and had him tell lies in a TV ad campaign? Could he really NOT find anyone but this family who would criticize Peterson. Think about it.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-28T14:01:15-06:00
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81936
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iF YOU ONLY HAVE LOVE FOR YOUR OWN RACE, And what in hell does any of this have to do with "love for your own race." That reminds me of Charles Evers accusing McMillin of being racially divisive by endorsing the black woman candidate instead of the black male candidate. That card don't shuffle this time.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-28T14:02:20-06:00
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81937
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Especially when THE CONSERVATIVE WHITE MACHINE OF JACKSON is your candidate's primary support base. Come on. There is coffee to be smelled.
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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-28T14:02:59-06:00
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81938
Comment
Well, now Smith is saying that Mr. Patton is lying too! Of course, that is Robert Smith's words, not Mr. Patton's so nothing to see here...move along...
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pikersam
Date
2007-08-28T14:05:45-06:00
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81939
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Why doesn't Robert Smith address the real issue here? It would be VERY easy to prove who is lying. Go to the source, the sheriff's department. Was the case presented to the DA's office as Robert Smith's commercial has implied? Or is Faye Peterson telling the truth? Check it out. Let's see who is lying.
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xxgreg
Date
2007-08-28T14:07:56-06:00
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81940
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Can we also add something to the user agreement about not quoting the Black Eyed Peas, ever? sorry. had to. *runs back to her corner and resumes lurking*
Author
music chick
Date
2007-08-28T14:24:44-06:00
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81941
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Have to do it... *goes to lurk in the corner with music chick.*
Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-28T14:30:02-06:00
ID
81942
Comment
ROFL... thanks pike! how did she do that with a straight face? bwahahahaha!!
Author
music chick
Date
2007-08-28T14:34:49-06:00
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81943
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Hold up, Filet. There is nothing negative you could have said about where my husband was because he is MY husband and a grown azz man! And, for the record, I wouldn't vote for Robert Smith if he was the only candidate on the ballot. Heck, I'd write in Daffy Duck!
Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-28T15:01:12-06:00
ID
81944
Comment
Good grief. I could only take the first 90 seconds of that. Crazy, man. LOL
Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-28T15:03:21-06:00
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81945
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Also, the issue here is wheter it is appropriate to have felons campaigning for you for an office that may or may not have to convict you in the future. That's jacked up!
Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-28T15:04:29-06:00

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