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DA Candidate Michele Purvis on Radio JFP Friday

DA candidate Michele Purvis will be the guest on Radio JFP on WLEZ (103.7 FM) Friday at noon. You can also listen to the stream here.

Update: The podcast it up. Visit the JFP on WLEZ page on http://www.wlezfm.com to listen to and/or download the show.

Previous Comments

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92255
Comment

Meantime, feel free to post suggested questions.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-05-17T12:39:23-06:00
ID
92256
Comment

Ask her what her motivation is for running for DA.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-17T12:41:43-06:00
ID
92257
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Ask her if she (and some other candidates) know the law for placing political signs in the City?

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pikersam
Date
2007-05-17T12:53:45-06:00
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92258
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Ask her why she is still on the City website? Is she still drawing a check? FOI? Also, ask her if she supports SORE's contract that allows her to collect bonuses from Bond issues? Especially given, this is a larger city with it's own legal department - not a small town where they can only afford counsel through means given in the State statute that provides for this type of compensation. Hopefully, people outside Jackson will take notice because she is supposed to represent ALL the people of Hinds Co. Not the whims of the mayor of jackson. Also, she needs to be grilled as to whether she would prosecute the mayor if he breaks the law? Who does she support for Sheriff and some of the other races? How does she think JPD handles investigations since she will be relying on them for sound cases? What makes her a more qualified candidate than Robert Smith? Not Faye - Robert Smith.

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pikersam
Date
2007-05-17T13:09:10-06:00
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92259
Comment

And most importantly, since there is a connection to the mayor (though she'll deny it), what should make us "trust" her when she could just be feeding us lines like Melton did? Any means necessary! Right?

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pikersam
Date
2007-05-17T13:12:02-06:00
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92260
Comment

OK, gave the politically correct answer for Robert Smith. What about Faye? What makes her better qualified than Faye? I'm not hearing anything that makes me think she can do better.

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pikersam
Date
2007-05-18T11:45:38-06:00
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92261
Comment

she cites NO stats on any of her positions. She is making claims that she is not backing up. I would've said something like we average this many pleas and then compared it to similar jurisdictions. Same thing with actual caseloads for ADA's. She doesn't discuss actual procedures in the DA's office and how she could improve them. I'm hearing nothing but generalizations. Not what I would expect from someone who worked there for two years.

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Kingfish
Date
2007-05-18T11:50:33-06:00
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92262
Comment

What do you mean by a decision Faye has to live with?

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pikersam
Date
2007-05-18T11:50:33-06:00
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92263
Comment

I'm not hearing much of anything, but that's because of my Internet connection. Keeps skipping and timing out on me again, but that can be expected with dial-up. Guess I'll just have to spend six hours downloading the podcast again. I can't believe no one else offers broadband in my part of town other than Comcast. I was trying to avoid them, but, oh well. I'm certainly not paying $400 to get satellite Internet installed, that's for sure.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-18T11:54:33-06:00
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92264
Comment

I'll say Stanley {last name?}, the current ADA, was on the radio last week. He came across as very knowledgeable. I enjoyed how he explained what the DA's office role is in Hinds Co. There is little they can do without the help of good police and good judges.

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ChrisCavanaugh
Date
2007-05-18T12:44:28-06:00
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92265
Comment

Last name is Alexander, I believe.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-18T12:50:43-06:00
ID
92266
Comment

There was much more to ask Ms. Purvis. We will be doing a large JFP Interview soon with her, and perhaps have her back on the radio show.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-05-18T14:14:29-06:00
ID
92267
Comment

I am almost done with the podcast. Here's the Web address Ms. Purvis gave during the show: http://www.michelepurvisforda.com/

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-19T21:56:04-06:00
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92268
Comment

I had the opportunity to ask Michelle about her City Hall Connections. She has so many negative things to say about the DA's Office and Faye that I was encouraged to ask, "What exactly can you do that would be different." "After her SUPERWOMAN" spill, I remarked, "If yo can do so much as DA, what is going one that you can not do anything to make a positive difference as SORE's assistant and for City Hall." This will be an interesting race.

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justjess
Date
2007-05-21T10:29:43-06:00
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92269
Comment

Ladies and Gentlemen... Let the games begin! The Michele Purvis blog site. Seems lonely over there. She's even provided some nice topics to discuss. Enjoy!

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pikersam
Date
2007-05-21T11:09:32-06:00
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92270
Comment

pikersam, go ahead and post something. You know you wanna.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-21T13:36:21-06:00
ID
92271
Comment

Here's one for you: Melton's shadow looms over race for DA Questions voters may consider: Is Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson's office or the Jackson Police Department under Melton's administration responsible for the spike in crime? Is Peterson's unsuccessful prosecution of Melton and his two bodyguards on criminal charges over allegedly taking a sledgehammer to a Jackson duplex going to hurt her? Did Melton put her challengers up to run against her? One worked in the city attorney's office and the other represented one of Melton's bodyguards in the criminal trial. Ask Peterson her thoughts on this last question, and she'll tell you she thinks Melton engineered the opposition. "Can I prove it? No. But it appears it is true," Peterson said. Her opponents, former city attorney's office lawyer Michele Purvis and Robert Shuyler Smith deny Melton had anything to do with their decision to run.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-09T06:56:33-06:00
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92272
Comment

Oh yeah, I love this part: Peterson said that at one time Melton's sister-in-law, Carolyn Redd, was actively involved in Purvis' campaign. Redd and some other city employees were standing behind Purvis when she announced her campaign on the steps of the Hinds County Courthouse in March. When asked whether Melton is responsible for her entering the race, Purvis responded "absolutely not." Purvis said she never discussed the race with Melton other than informing him by letter of her plans to run. Umm hmm.

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-09T06:57:48-06:00
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92273
Comment

This has to be one of the dumbest stories I've ever read in The Clarion-Ledger. It sounds like their editorial board wrote it. Try this question at the top: Is Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson's office or the Jackson Police Department under Melton's administration responsible for the spike in crime? Uh, are we supposed to pick our choice of two, Ledger-fools? What if one thinks the real answer is that there are a multitude of reasons that crime has gone up? Does one's opinion not count if so? So where are the answers to the questions? The analysis? The in-depth reporting on how well Peterson has actually functioned as D.A. beyond rhetoric? Her strengths? Her weaknesses? Clarion-Ledger editors should be ashamed to show up at work every day and put out crap like this. It's very much like the drivel they published leading up to the mayor's race. And Clarion-Ledger reporters need to get out more. Really. If they did, they'd have a good Rolodex of sources, and it wouldn't be quite so easy to get snookered. Do they really not have any clue how to find out more about who is supporting whom in this race? Have they not gotten all the reports about city employees like Stephanie Parker-Weaver helping Purvis? (And during the day.) Come on, Ledger. Be part of the solution, or get the hell out of the way. You've made enough mess of this city at this point.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T09:34:38-06:00
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92274
Comment

OK, let's review specifics in this embarrassment of a story: Peterson says she can run on her record, despite crime problems in Jackson, but Purvis and Smith say crime is out of control and Peterson is partly at fault. How do Purvis and Smith mean? What are the specifics that Peterson should do that she doesn't? Did they bother to ask? Peterson said her office has an 80 percent success rate in prosecuting criminal felony cases, while the national average is about 65 percent. How does this compare to cities our size? Longtime Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters, who retired in 2001, had a more than 90 percent success rate in prosecuting cases when he was in office, according to published reports. "Published reports" where? Please, Lord, don't tell us The Clarion-Ledger. Also, what are further breakdowns -- success rates in drug felonies, murders, etc. Peters has thrown his support behind Smith, saying he would make an excellent district attorney. Peterson worked under Peters for at least two years prior to his retirement. Uh, hasn't he given money to Purvis as well? Does no one find it suspicious that one of Melton's long-time supporters (who wouldn't prosecute the juvenile detention center cases and then hired Bluntson after making a deal with him not to prosecute him) is giving money to both of the candidates believed to be Melton's picks to force a run-off? Oh, and did they ask Sheriff McMillin what he thinks, and knows? Purvis, a former city of Jackson prosecutor and former assistant district attorney under Peterson, said, "I believe citizens deserve better than they are getting." Talk about a meaningless statement. If that is her best quote, that says something. Smith, 35, a Jackson lawyer who has handled several high-profile cases, says it's obvious that crime is out of control and he wants to restore safe communities for families and children. What are those high-profile cases (like defense of drug dealers)? How is he going to "restore safe communities"? Specifics? But some people called the prosecution political and pointed to the speed at which Melton was indicted compared to others charged with crimes. Yes, Melton's machine did. Why not quote someone here? Purvis said she never discussed the race with Melton other than informing him by letter of her plans to run. What about his staff and his attorneys? Purvis said she is running because citizens deserve better than they are receiving from Peterson's office. Didn't Smith just say that? What a poor excuse for journalism. Man, oh man.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T09:57:28-06:00
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92275
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Stupid is as stupid does. I guess they think we're stupid enough to even believe that the DA's office somehow has some kind of control over crime in Jackson. Last time I look, Faye Peterson doesn't wear a police uniform and badge. All she can do is prosecute crimes that come before her. Whether the sentences that are given out are tough enough is fair game, but just damn idiotic to somehow imply that the DA's office is responsible for crime. With the rationale, will the C-L give the DA's office credit if crime were to go down?

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golden eagle
Date
2007-07-09T10:11:03-06:00
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92276
Comment

Dang, Donna. You have just sliced, diced and fricasseed that article. LOL

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-09T10:22:18-06:00
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92277
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After reading that C-L article this morning I knew it would get dissected by laddco sometime today, lol. I found the "90 percent success rate in prosecuting cases" statement attributed to Ed Peter's tenure particularly interesting, as its the first time I've ever heard that. I'd love to see corroboration of that statistic, as well as Peterson's claim of 80%. At least now she's willing to put a number out there, whereas she wasn't willing 3 years ago. I guess having run against candidates that actually pose a threat this time has encouraged her to be a little more aggressive in defending her office.

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Jeff Lucas
Date
2007-07-09T10:45:21-06:00
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92278
Comment

Dang, Donna. You have just sliced, diced and fricasseed that article. LOL Well, L.W. That's what editors do every day. Or, are supposed to. I should make it clear that this mess might not be Jimmie Gates' fault. We regularly hear reports from inside the Ledge on the problems with editors (like when the metro editor refused to do the Ridgeway Story until days after we did). From the stories they publish, they clearly don't direct their reporters to ask real questions. And, as Adam said after reading this story, this one looks like someone just went through and cut out large chunks, due to all the holes you can drive a truck through. And per her deposition in the Meridian lawsuit, Grace Simmons (metro editor) seems to have been buddy-buddy with Melton for a long time. Jeff, we'll look closer at those success-rate numbers. I just can't believe they attributed Peters' number to "published sources." That paper SO needs an ombudsman. And the "success rate" wouldn't take into account the cases that Mr. Peters, Mr. DeLaughter, et al., refused to put before a grand jury—like the rapes and other corruption alleged about the juvenile detention center. As one prominent Jacksonian, and former office-holder, said to me just after Melton's election: The Clarion-Ledger has no institutional memory, or they don't know how to use it if they do. Or, the editors won't let them due to their own biases. And that's the scariest possibility.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T12:15:19-06:00
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92279
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will the C-L give the DA's office credit if crime were to go down? Well, it did, and dramatically, since she has been in office. You make a good point: If the Ledge-fools are going to blame her now, why didn't they give her credit for crime dropping before? Oh, right, because they didn't want anybody to know that crime was dropping. I keep forgetting that.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T12:23:07-06:00
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92280
Comment

You may very well be right Donna. Maybe the powers that be are conspiring for change in the DAs office. The way things are going, it is starting to look certain that they will get one.

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snowjob
Date
2007-07-09T12:25:28-06:00
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92281
Comment

That republican crossover vote that will vote for McMillian (probably will be the strongest in Terry, Bryam & Clinton) is going to kill Peterson's chances at re-election.

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snowjob
Date
2007-07-09T12:28:29-06:00
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92282
Comment

So, what are you saying Gaius Julius Melton, that some people will never learn? Could this group want the dismissal of Peterson and have her replaced with melton's pick. How stupid can we get?

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justjess
Date
2007-07-09T12:44:09-06:00
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92283
Comment

Stupid as it may be, its the most likely outcome. The white republican's will not vote for her and that will wrap it up for either Smith or Purvis.

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snowjob
Date
2007-07-09T12:46:37-06:00
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92284
Comment

Well, gaius... Larry, on the radio, is really glad to see Michael Taylor being hauled in front of a Grand Jury to explain his allegations of rampant drug use at the Raymond Detention Center. And, his claims that it is guards that are the ones providing the drugs, booze, and cell phones. Not to mention Melton is backing up his claims, along with the claims that two of his "boyz" slept with teachers while in high school. In fact, Larry is darn giddy to have that "two-bit, thug" brought into court to explain himself. So, Gaius (champion of the white republican), ask yourself if you think Purvis or Smith would bother with Melton's claims or would they allow him to continue to spread lies and use these boys? Also, Faye could have told McMillian "No" to a Grand Jury because she may feel that what you are saying about the vote will be true. Why should she bother then? Seriously! Think about it! But, nope, she's willing to try and help the Sheriff and help this County from the wayward criminals like Michael Taylor above politics because it is the right thing to do. Let's not even think about what a Sheriff Lewis or Williams would do to Jackson. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, put your hands together everybody.... Kamikaze give me a beat... Now let's sing... MySpace... Gun in Your Face Michael Taylor He's Reeeaaal! MySpace... Gun in Your Face Michael Taylor He's Reeeaaal! MySpace... Gun in Your Face Michael Taylor...

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pikersam
Date
2007-07-09T13:27:59-06:00
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92285
Comment

I think this is exactly what they're angling for—but a big question that looms over it all is the lt. guv race. Conservatives are going to have to make a choice in the primary: cross over to help keep McMillin, or vote in that nasty primary race? It does rather terrify me that the same people who fell for Melton's act the first time may fall for this scheme this time. There is a reason he doesn't want Peterson there, folks. Think about it. She hasn't fallen under his spell. And this is a very big deal, whether or not people are awake enough to understand it. And party has nothing to do with this. Nor does liberalism or conservatism. I don't think it's a done deal at all, even though it is scary. If they do go to a run-off, there is no guarantee that she won't pull it off. It'll depend on who turns out and, again, which Republicans crossed over and can cross over again. It's a big gamble on the Melton's machine part, clearly. It also indicates that they do not believe the machine can beat her (or McMillin, obviously) outright in the primary.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T13:29:34-06:00
ID
92286
Comment

It is vital to point out that, should Melton sympathizers take the sheriff and D.A. offices, or one or the other, the last two years could up looking like a happy fun fest. Jackson needs to put its collective thinking cap on. Oh, and per Melton's propensity to believe anything his boys tell him, never forget him putting felon Christopher Walker up at a press conference to accuse Peterson of corruption and of a f*cking a now-deceased bail bondsman. Meantime, his "proof" that he provided me did not check out. Big surprise there. People, what kind of person does this?

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T13:34:13-06:00
ID
92287
Comment

Well pikersam, I am not debating whether what Melton does is correct or not. I am simply taking about basic politics, now you can sing you little song or whatever and that fine but the fact remains the same: If the republicans cross over, then Faye loses. Donna does make a valid point about the Lt. guv's race though, alot of those conservatives will be torn between voting in that race or trying to save McMillian but as anyone that knows the history of Mississippi politcss will tell you, in this state the Sheriff's race is generally one of the most important offices up for grabs to your voter. This will most likely hold true with McMillian. McMillian will most likely win due to these crossovers & that will also result in an either Smith or Purvis victory.

Author
snowjob
Date
2007-07-09T13:42:12-06:00
ID
92288
Comment

McMillian will most likely win due to these crossovers & that will also result in an either Smith or Purvis victory. And this may very well be at the heart of the plan. Use a McMillin double-threat to get Repubs to cross over, knowing that many of this are misinformed about Peterson due to his multi-year propaganda effort. Then she loses, and he's sitting damn pretty going forward. That said, I know Republicans who have wised up and plan not only to cross over for McMillin, but for Peterson. There's a lot at stake this election, much more so than usual. Many eyes have opened of late. But we are in the danger zone. No doubt. Red alert.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-09T13:45:24-06:00
ID
92289
Comment

But we are in the danger zone. No doubt. I feel like standing in a busy intersection waving my arms and yelling, "Danger, Will Robinson!" My concern is that those who don't really know the whole the whole story will go vote for Purvis just because of those TV ads. Some people don't know what else to go on.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-09T17:52:36-06:00
ID
92290
Comment

From January thru June (2007) Faye Peterson's office has dismissed over 200 cases, ranging from possession of crack cocaine to murder charges. What's worse is that the year is not over. (Thank GOD for August 7th!!) Faye contends that many of these have been remanded to the file, which essentially means that no work is being done of these cases. From her handling of the Woodstreet and Greyhead trials to the Melton fiasco, I don't know what's worse, her legal skill set(s) or her administrative management skills. The office was too much for her and her abilities..... and the citizens of Hinds County only became knowledgable of these facts when Melton got elected. So, when Melton comes in and reveals the truth (that Faye is TOTALLY incompetent), questions arise that opponents of Faye must be connected to Melton. Let's think beyond the political rhetoric. There are those who are genuinlely concerned about public service AND who have the skill sets to get the job done!! Robert Smith is a great criminal defense lawyer.......... everyone realizes that........but what meaningful contributions can he be expected to make to the DA's office?? Michele Purvis will become our next DA and Hinds County just might be better for it...........Like she says, "Enough is Enough!"

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atty
Date
2007-07-19T20:36:22-06:00
ID
92291
Comment

From January thru June (2007) Faye Peterson's office has dismissed over 200 cases, ranging from possession of crack cocaine to murder charges. Where did you get that number? Do you have a Web address we can go to?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-19T20:41:01-06:00
ID
92292
Comment

someone from the DA's office needs to weigh in.Arn't most of these "dismissals" situations where the indictee pleas guilty to one charge while other charges are dismissed?

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-07-19T20:47:51-06:00
ID
92293
Comment

This number (and others) have been released by the Purvis camp which demonstrates malignant problems with Faye and her administration..... Truth be told........the Repub. crossover will definitely sway this election giving Purvis the victory over Smith in a run-off. I think the Purvis has an advantage in fundraising and campaign strategy.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T20:51:13-06:00
ID
92294
Comment

also, how many of these "dismissals" are alternative sentencings where the indictee is diverted into a drug treatment program?help me,somebody!!!

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-07-19T20:51:15-06:00
ID
92295
Comment

atty: you're a paid shill, right? How far in bed is Purvis with Melton? You think half of Hinds County is actually going to trust Melton once he controls the Hinds County DA's office? You only think the "Good Old Boy" network of the past is dead... it's coming back and stronger than ever. Melton will punish those who aren't on his side and let slide those that are. Those kids he keeps will be Lords of the City, and He'll be their King. Then again, I've heard the Madison/Rankin County Race is having fun with Jackson. "For for X! He'll keep the criminals of Jackson out of our county! Longer Jail terms! Tougher on Crime! Quicker Prosecution!" Do you really like living in a third-world city like Jackson, atty? Have you serously thought about this? Do you want Melton to drag us back to the 30's, 40's and 50's when cliquish oligarchies ruled?

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-19T20:54:28-06:00
ID
92296
Comment

so, does mean that the Republican Party is backing Purvis?I know Mounger and Speed are her two largest reported contributors, but i figured that was just to protect their personal investment(Frank)

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-07-19T20:55:38-06:00
ID
92297
Comment

Okay, assuming that "some" of the "dismissals" actually fit the category / cirterion for alternative sentencing for drug treatment, surely all 200 were not drug offenses.?.?.? Elaborate more........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T20:56:19-06:00
ID
92298
Comment

You'd also be assuming all 200 cases had solid evidence, good witnesses and clear motives. From what I've seen of JPD, I'd doubt any of that existed.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-19T20:58:12-06:00
ID
92299
Comment

I don't know whether the Republicans are funding Purvis, but the money is coming from some place, and it's steady streaming in.......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T21:00:32-06:00
ID
92300
Comment

Ironghost , what proof do you have that Melton is funding and/or supporting Purvis?........not inuendo, BUT ACTUAL PROOF? Assuming that she's running on her own good name (unknown to me), then why tie her to a real idiot...... As an attorney, I appreciate and value civil right/liberties as much as the next Amerian..... But what about the benefit of the doubt??? In light of what Faye hasn't done during her tenure, I think Purvis and Smith deserve that benefit.....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T21:05:28-06:00
ID
92301
Comment

Does Smith or Faye have any TV ads out yet? Little over two (2) weeks left........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T21:08:18-06:00
ID
92302
Comment

another observation: the DA has almost unfettered discretion to summon persons to appear before a grand jury(and leak it to the media).think about what some tool of melton is liable to do. faye's office in my estimation treats everyone with respect;nobody is above the law or beneath it, and the victims of crime participate in the decision to prosecute or to plea. she is a decent person and does not deserve these contorted attacks.

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-07-19T21:09:28-06:00
ID
92303
Comment

It's that magical power which lawyers call prosecutorial discretion......... But it doesn't matter because after August 7th, Faye won't have it...

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T21:12:10-06:00
ID
92304
Comment

Just saw a Purvis commercial on WAPT 16, does Faye or Smith have any TV ads out?????

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T21:19:49-06:00
ID
92305
Comment

atty: I'm supposed to have proof to back an opinion? This isn't a court and I'm not running in fear. My feeling and the rumors I've heard do not point to Purvis or Smith being their own person. They'll bow to Melton's tune.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-19T21:31:36-06:00
ID
92306
Comment

You're right on one point......this is not a courtroom.... However, opinions which have some factual basis tend to sway the discussion and carry more weight than those that are hopeless assumptions... I don't have any factual basis to conclude that Melton is funding and/or support Purvis. Therefore, I'd rather not opine that she is Melton's puppet.. To the contrary, I'd rather opine that she's independent. The fact is that both the Woodstreet and Greyhead trials ended in complete acquittals...... The fact is that Melton and his goons violated a plethora of state and federal laws by tearing down that house on Ridgeway Street and got off. The fact is that over 200 cases have been dismissed by this DA from Jan. thru June (2007)... Therefore, my opinion is that this DA has not done enough to deserve the confidence, support and vote of the good people of Hinds County.........Please respond....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-19T21:43:52-06:00
ID
92307
Comment

The fact is that both the Woodstreet and Greyhead trials ended in complete acquittals. Didn't witness tampering by Melton have something to do with that? The fact is that Melton and his goons violated a plethora of state and federal laws by tearing down that house on Ridgeway Street and got off. Didn't the assistant DAs handle that case? What about the jury's role? The fact is that over 200 cases have been dismissed by this DA from Jan. thru June (2007). Where are you getting this number?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-19T21:52:57-06:00
ID
92308
Comment

But it doesn't matter because after August 7th, Faye won't have it... Yes, she will: if those of us in Hinds County have anything to say about it. Like it or not, this race is not just for Jacksonians. We refuse to be run over by Melton's posse.

Author
Lady Havoc
Date
2007-07-20T08:09:36-06:00
ID
92309
Comment

Ignorance may be bliss, but it's still ignorance. Don't forget the judge's role, L.W. Webster is the only who allowed Danks to hammer on the necessity to show "evil intent." And it seems that the feds are still investigating it, sources tell us, using the evidence gathered by the DA, AG and sheriff. So that ain't over 'til it's over. It is very true that Melton's involvement in those high-profile cases seemed to help lead to acquittals. Anyone who knows (or admits) anything about the Batman case knows the disaster Melton created by moving the "star witness" into his home, giving him a credit card, buying him a car, etc. The case fell completely apart when the defense brought that to light. And that's assuming that the evidence MBN provided from Walker et al was true in the first place, which the prosecutors had no way of knowing. As for specifics about cases tried, etc., we'll get to that very soon. Stay close.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-20T08:34:16-06:00
ID
92310
Comment

(1) Greyhead and Woodstreet Trials: I haven't heard any rumors, don't have any knowledge; nor has anyone produced any evidence to support your contention. For the record, I don't deal with conjecture, speculation and inuendo. The fact is that these folks were indicted by the Hinds Co. DA's office, mounds of evidence was available to establish their guilt, but all of the defendants were acquitted....... If the strength of your case depended upon the present of a witness of two, the question becomes how did she get indictments??? The responsbilitiy doesn't fall of alleged outside intermeddlers. Instead, the sole responbility of this debacle (and others like it) belongs to Faye Peterson. (2) Ridgeway Case: The people do not elect assistant DAs. It's the job of the District Attorney to prosecute high profile cases; not some assistant. For instance, we didn't see some Assistant AG prosecute the Edgar Ray Killen trial in Neshoba County.........Jim Hood did that. We didn't see some Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecute reputed Klansman Edgar Ray Killen recently in federal court.........Dunn Lampton did that. Let's not continue to pass the buck..... To put the DA's ultimate responsibility upon an assistant is unfair and not what the voters bargained for..... (3) Data Entry Division of the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's Office has this information.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-20T08:38:02-06:00
ID
92311
Comment

Atty, you should pay more attention then. All the documents about the problems with Melton's star witness in the Batman trial are even PDF'd on our Web site. Just search a bit. The fact is that the witnesses turned out to be a huge problem. Re Ridgeway, obviously Peterson needed to step to the side in that one because the media, by then, had (wrongly) turned the case into a feud between her and Melton. A smart prosecutor had to let someone else try it. I wonder what other information the Data Entry Division has. ;-) We didn't see some Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecute reputed Klansman Edgar Ray Killen recently in federal court.........Dunn Lampton did that. Dunn Lampton did not try Edgar Ray Killen in federal court; he hasn't been in federal court since the '60s. And actually the lead attorney who won the Seale case was Paige Fitzgerald out of D.C. Lampton got it into court, but Fitzgerald tried it. Not that it's relevant to this anyway, but let's at least get a few facts straight.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-20T08:43:08-06:00
ID
92312
Comment

Peterson makes it very clear that she believed, based on the information she got later, that Walker lied to the grand jury, atty. She could not then ethically put him on the stand, even as Melton had a hissy fit, and then had Walker attend a press conference and make unsubstantiated allegations against her. It was great theater, but the truth is that Melton wasn't exactly a stellar investigator with the cases he put together. And you wouldn't believe the witnesses that have recanted in the cases that he has been obsessed with over the years. What a nightmare.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-20T08:45:38-06:00
ID
92313
Comment

ladd, since you're connected with Faye's camp, does she have any TV ads out yet? Just would like to know. Thanks.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-20T08:47:56-06:00
ID
92314
Comment

I'm not "connected with Faye's camp," atty, but nice try. ;-) I happen to be a journalist who does my homework, just like I did during the last mayoral race, when Melton's people tried to, thus, accuse me of working for Johnson. And I'm not shy about setting the record straight because all the lies and innuendo hurt the people. I have no idea about TV ads, and I don't watch TV, so I haven't even seen that way. I did catch one rhetoric-filled ad by Purvis two weeks ago after a newscast. It was amazing to me that it had not one second of substance in it, but I guess most TV ads are that way.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-20T08:51:40-06:00
ID
92315
Comment

ladd, as a journalist, I was under the impression that any "good" journalist worth his/her weight should always project an objective, fair and balanced approach..... I guess you are from a different school of thought... like you, i don't watch much television, but many voters do..... i seriously think Purvis' TV ads, campaign strategy, coupled with the perception (whether artificial or real) that Faye hasn't been very successful prosecuting criminals will ultimately lead to her dusting off her resume and looking for a new job..... I'm a lawyer, I don't have to be fair, balanced and impartial.....:)

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-20T09:00:30-06:00
ID
92316
Comment

Objectivity is a lie. Every journalist makes "biased" decisions every day. Every question we ask, every thing to publish or not to publish is subjective. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. However, we can strive to be fair and balanced with the truth (not people's agendas). That does not mean repeating lies and information that doesn't check out in some fake attempt to look objective. That's the main thing wrong with today's media. For instance, there was nothing fair and balanced about the media allowing Melton to lie and demonize the last mayor with unsubstantied statements. A good journalist's job is to expose the lies and the truth and let the chips fall where they may. In other words, my job is to find the truth and report it, regardless of where it falls on some fake political monitor. Journalists who waste their time worrying about whether they appear "biased" if they report a certain fact are betraying the public's interest. I make my decisions about what political candidate to support based on unbiased factfinding; I don't go looking for facts that support who I think I want to support (or that my advertisers or readers want me to support). We'll leave that to The Clarion-Ledger to do. No question, though: In this city, people seem to vote more based on faulty perceptions than about anywhere I've ever seen. We are ripe to be taken advantage of by liars and snake-oil sales(wo)men as a result.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-20T09:06:11-06:00
ID
92317
Comment

And, hey, telling the truth isn't always popular. We told the truth about the Iraqi War the week it started, and now most of the country agrees with us. We told the truth about Melton during the campaign, and now much of the city agrees with us. We go find the truth and report it. When we see untruths, we report that, too. We don't stick our finger in the wind to see what's popular and then repeat it. That's not the job of the Fourth Estate.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-20T09:10:48-06:00
ID
92318
Comment

Atty, I don't understand why you think Purvis will win. Yes she has T.V. ads out but thats about it. Plus she started running them way too early, most people don't pay attention to elections until about 10 days out. Purvis has also NEVER tried a jury case, in any facet. How can you become D.A. when you have never tried a jury trial? Smith seems to me to be Faye's strongest challenger, as he has better name recogintion as well as the support of Ed Peters, William Winter, Bishop Coleman and host of others. There will likely be a run off between Smith and Faye, at that point I think it is up in the air as to who will win but it seems that Smith might have a slight advantage in a run off.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-21T16:07:34-06:00
ID
92319
Comment

Bishop Coleman is behind Smith? Seems odd since he and McMillan have been pretty tight for years.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-21T18:20:18-06:00
ID
92320
Comment

Yeah he has a statement on Robert Smith's website: www.electrobertshulersmith.com

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-22T15:06:09-06:00
ID
92321
Comment

I went to Robert Smith's Web site and saw this: I believe the true character of a person is shown in how they respond to personal attacks. When Robert and his opponent spoke to our congregation, his opponent verbally attacked him. Robert did not attack her, but showed integrity and humility in sharing his platform with our members. Because of his qualifications, professionalism and integrity, we are supporting him as the next District Attorney of Hinds County. Bishop Phillip Coleman Greater Bethlehem Temple Church Hinds County Which opponent was he talking about? Knowing Bishop, he probably gave his endorsement because he felt that Smith was being attacked. His heart probably went out to him. I wonder how much he knows outside of what happened that Sunday morning. I'm guessing Sunday morning because that's when the candidates usually visit so they can be heard on the radio.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-22T22:04:43-06:00
ID
92322
Comment

With respect to the Bishop, we are talking about the attorney of *district attorney* here. Beyond the fact that we don't know what kinds of "personal attacks" he speaks of—and that doesn't sound like the DA, who will barely talk about opponents publicly—the bigger issue here is what kind of traits are needed to be the county's lead prosecutor. Assertiveness would seem to be at the top of the list. This sounds like politics, pure and simple.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-22T22:40:04-06:00
ID
92323
Comment

This is why I'll be glad when the primaries are finally over: A respected local religious leader offers up his endorsement of a candidate because of a positive act he says he witnessed...and if one supports this person's opponent, one has to not only deny that this positive act ever took place, but specifically call the religious leader's honesty into question. Because of course if a candidate is challenging my favorite incumbent, that must mean he kicks dogs and steals candy from babies, and so does anyone who supports him. Politics is nasty, and this is the nastiest--and least issue-focused--election year I've ever witnessed.

Author
Tom Head, Revised and Expanded Edition
Date
2007-07-22T23:03:13-06:00
ID
92324
Comment

And I say this, by the way, as someone who will definitely not be voting for Robert Smith. I'll vote for Faye just like the rest of y'all. But I'll do it bummed out about the fact that policy differences between the candidates never even came up; it has been all about factions and personality cults and conspiracy theories. I swear, I feel like I'm a kid watching pro wrestling with Dad again, the difference being that at least with pro wrestling you knew who the good guys were supposed to be.

Author
Tom Head, Revised and Expanded Edition
Date
2007-07-22T23:08:26-06:00
ID
92325
Comment

Sorry, folks, but I need to back away until after the election. Entirely too much militaristic thinking going on in the political world right now, too much of a "you're with us or against us" vibe (I am being described as a Melton apologist in some quarters, which would be hilarious if people I care about didn't actually believe it), and that is not an environment conducive to skeptics. Latasha, I should make a point of saying that none of the above was directed at you. The above post shouldn't have even been directed at Donna, but in your case your post was actually a perfect example, IMHO, of a charitable interpretation of motives. If there were more of that sort of thing going on, then Jackson, Hinds County, and the rest of the world would be a much better place, I believe. I admire you for that and I always have. I have always idealized that sort of thing but seldom been able to practice it myself. Please take care of yourselves, all of you, and be well. I'm back out.

Author
Tom Head, Revised and Expanded Edition
Date
2007-07-23T03:24:14-06:00
ID
92326
Comment

Tom, I knew you weren't directing anything at me. I say what I said because I was a member of Bishop's church for 12 years, and I came up with my theory based on what I know about him. No biggie.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T06:00:49-06:00
ID
92327
Comment

Also, Tom, maybe you should pick and choose threads that won't tick you off until after the election instead of avoiding the site altogether. We value your input. If you do a search on "Where's Tom", "I miss Tom" and "Cheers", you'll see what I mean. Hey, you may as well stay, because no matter where you are on this planet, you will hear or read discussions like this. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. :-P

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T06:09:29-06:00
ID
92328
Comment

That's fine, Tom. Do what you need to do. If there is any outlet that is trying to get people to pay attention to actual policy differences between candidates, it is the JFP. But the truth is, we also have to cover the political game because that is what is driving so many decisions in Jackson—and because it can be damn hard to get some of these candidates to even show an interestin policy, and what the needs of the office are. And this vague stuff about how people deal with personal attacks has nothing to do with policy. Anyone can see that. And it would seem a bit disingenuous to try to argue that religious leaders in Jackson are above politics. ;-) There is nothing "militaristic" about talking about that. In fact, it needs to be talked about much more often, and we will do that here. Listen or not; join in or not. That's an individual decision that won't affect our decisions.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T07:22:02-06:00
ID
92329
Comment

I'm one of those republican voters mentioned above who is trying to decide to cross over or not. I have decided who I want as Lt Governor and I want to vote on some of the down ticket pub races. However, my desire to have Faye Peterson out of the DA's office might over ride all of that. I am not the only one in Hinds County outside of Jackson that feels that way. Many of us put some of the blame for crime in Hinds County squarely on the shoulders of the DA's office. Sure the police and judges are part of the problem, but the DA's office in involved too. As much as most people here want Faye to stay in office is how much I want her out of office. I'm not saying those that vote for her or out of touch or even throwing their vote away. We all have the right to vote for who we want to vote for and reasons we vote for them. To me Faye's record speaks for itself and it's time for her to go. I will say this though. If she gets into a runoff then I think she wins again. She has to beaten outright in the primaries. PS: MS needs open primaries.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-23T08:15:35-06:00
ID
92330
Comment

Lakeside, the problem is that there is a lot of false stuff swirling about this DA, and has been for a long time—just as it was with the former mayor and police chief. Why don't you talk specifically about what it is you have heard, and why you blame her for crime in Hinds County. It would be interesting to hear the specifics, and then get various people to talk about it. What is it about her record that "speaks for itself"? Please be specific.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T08:46:15-06:00
ID
92331
Comment

One reason I love Clinton: Cops here take their job seriously. Not a power trip, just seriously. I wish JPD would do that as well. I'd like to see what Faye could do if she didn't have to fight Frankie-Boy downtown all the time. I suspect there's entirely too many old boyz around for her or the wheels of justice to work effectively. I feel like we're the generation that gets to invade Isreal, but we have to wait until the previous generation finally dies off.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-23T08:53:21-06:00
ID
92332
Comment

Looking back above, I should also state something that is obvious from my posts in the event that someone other than Tom misread them: I didn't say that the Bishop lied or was dishonest. The fact is that Smith's campaign is using the same sound bite that he is respected (presumably by the alleged criminals he has defended as a private attorney) and that he will, somehow, deal with attacks in a better way, presumably by not getting upset by them? (Not really sure.) The Bishop can certainly buy into and repeat those memes without being dishonest. Otherwise, my post above goes right to the heart of substance v. politics. That is, should we be the most concerned with how someone vows to deal with "personal attacks" on them, or how well someone understands the demands of the office—the policy? And it sounds a bit like the current DA's toughness when it come to Melton's personal attacks on her is being used against her by her opponents. This is probably a good time to make another point as well, especially about "personal attacks": Being in support of and liking Robert Smith does not necessarily translate into voting for him as DA this time around. I know people who respect him immensely, who do not believe that he is yet strong enough to stand up to Melton and his inner circle. It's one thing to say that you will be "respected" as DA, and another to try to respond to vicious attacks, perhaps even waged by a former client who has nothing to lose—because you don't go along with everything the mayor wants. It is not a stretch to guess that the second Smith does not go along with Melton, then someone shows up saying he ran a red light once, with some elaboration thrown in for good measure—or that a member of his close family did—and he is being investigated for "corruption"! Or Melton pulls another Christopher Walker stunt and alleges something much, much worse without substantiation. This is exactly what they did to Peterson when she didn't do their bidding. It seems clear that the tiniest of skeletons will be used against Smith, should he have any—or a phantom skeleton could appear out of thin air about a dead man. I am not confident that Smith will handle this pressure well. Not yet anyway. He didn't even know why proudly saying publicly that Ed Peters asked him to run two years might be worrisome to many of us. Beyond that, he doesn't seem to be used to criticism. A few months back, he called me after I mentioned that he had defended associates of Batman in my editor's note (and it wasn't even criticism for doing it). His mother then got on the phone to scold me about it. I certainly can understand why she worries about her boy—I would, too—but this did not send the message to me that Smith is ready to handle what is likely to be thrown at him as D.A. It makes no sense to send him in there before he's ready, especially considering what we already know is likely to come at him if he dares challenge this mayor. We could be setting him up to ruin his career if we're not careful. Now, I adore his family and their history, and I might well support and vote for him a few years from now when his support pipeline is more clear (perhaps even to him) and when it is clear that he can handle the office.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T09:03:49-06:00
ID
92333
Comment

I'd like to see what Faye could do if she didn't have to fight Frankie-Boy downtown all the time. I suspect there's entirely too many old boyz around for her or the wheels of justice to work effectively. Cheers, Ironghost. You're nailing it. And those old boyz are going to nip at the heels of whoever is in that office. It is vital to have someone who can, and will, stand up to them. We may not like being at that point in this county's history, but we are.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T09:05:40-06:00
ID
92334
Comment

There's a few bad apples, including the chief, in the Clinton PD so don't go overboard with the praise. Look what they did with the Soulforce group and how they tried to make them sign an unconstitutional "contract" that ultimately prevented the Soulforce folks from doing anything, including peacefully assembling and protesting. Glad the MSACLU did something about it. There have been other times I've had to deal with Clinton PD on job related issues and not many of the officers took the theft I was reporting, seriously.. going so far as telling me how to do my job even though I was doing my job how my corporate office was telling me how to do it. As for this DA issue, I've seen Purvis' ads on TV and couldn't help but notice the token white person in the group of "supporters". It's unfortunate that Faye's fate lies in the hands of a jury who couldn't see that Melton broke the law - but then again, I guess all candidates have to face "the jury".. us, the voters.

Author
SourBEAR
Date
2007-07-23T09:19:01-06:00
ID
92335
Comment

Sorry the chief in Clinton is not a bad apple. The dept as a whole is good at what they do. If SoulForce had followed the rules then no one would have been arrested. They have members arrested everywhere they go. I've always found the Clinton PD to be very professional depite their low pay and older than dirt patrol cars.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-23T10:19:55-06:00
ID
92336
Comment

Ok, here's my take on Faye. She bungled the case against Melton. She has not gotten convictions in several high profile murder cases. She has plea-bargained numerous felony cases. I don't have the figures in front of me, but I know what I see in the paper and hear on TV. When she is interviewed she always points the finger at someone else or blames the DA's office failure on others. The DA's office can have a big impact or curbing crime in Hinds County, but we need someone who will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Between Purvis and Smith, Purvis is the one that comes off the most honest about changing things to me. I don't think Melton put her up to running either. She has the experiance to be the DA and we may as well give her the chance. We aren't making progress with Faye and it's not just because of Melton. She was making horrible decisions long before Melton was mayor.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-23T10:26:16-06:00
ID
92337
Comment

Like I keep saying: Faye can only use what JPD (the keystone kops of Mississippi) give her. Given how they operate, I'm stunned she could get a jaywalking conviction.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-23T10:51:38-06:00
ID
92338
Comment

If you'd like to discuss this somewhere else - since it's not on topic - we can or via email? With firsthand knowledge, I know otherwise and that Clinton PD did all they could to violate the constitutional right to assemble. I agree as for the arrests that were made, to an extent. Soulforce members trespassed on MC property and were arrested, rightly so since they had been notified by MC that it would happen - even though MC did NOT press charges or sign any paperwork. The arrests for that however happened AFTER the fact that Clinton PD stooped to some very low levels to try and prevent any assemblage whatsoever. Not to mention the personal intimidation by the few homophobe officers on the department who threatened to arrest them for parking in an area that they were previously told to park in. Then there's the officer that told them to get out of town and don't come back. Yeah, there are some bad apples in Clinton PD and at the Chief's direction, that makes him part of the problem. They are to enforce the law, not break it - which is what they ultimately tried to do by trying to get Soulforce to sign a "contract" full of unconstitutional bindings on their assembly. The Chief even told them, and I heard it with my own ears, how well they (Soulforce) "played the game" after the MSACLU stepped in and told the Chief that the contract was unconstitutional and threatened legal action against the PD. Read this letter sent to the Mayor. letter link Again, I'll be happy to start a "Clinton PD" thread in an appropriate place if you're like to discuss this further.

Author
SourBEAR
Date
2007-07-23T10:53:01-06:00
ID
92339
Comment

This is great, Lakeside. It's a good jumping-off point to get more specific about these memes. Let's break them down and get specific underneath each one: 1. She bungled the case against Melton. How? What did she do wrong, in your opinion? 2. She has not gotten convictions in several high profile murder cases. Which ones do you mean? Then we can look at those specificially. 3. She has plea-bargained numerous felony cases. Let's get some attribution and specifics going here. Also, do you see a problem with plea-bargaining felony cases? 4. When she is interviewed she always points the finger at someone else or blames the DA's office failure on others. Can you provide actual quotes so we can discuss? 5. we need someone who will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. How do you mean? What specific cases do you question that she hasn't prosecuted to the full extent of the law? Let's look at why that might have been. (Remember: She is also criticized for prosecuting cases that are difficult to win.) 6. Purvis is the one that comes off the most honest about changing things to me. How does she come off more honest than her opponents? What are the specifics that she has offered on changing things? 7. She has the experiance to be the DA. In your opinion, what specifically in her record is key to her being DA? 8. We aren't making progress with Faye How do you mean? What kind of progress are we not making that the DA's office has an effect on? How does the progress now under Melton compare to the progress under the last administration. And a question back to you: What kind of effect do you think the mayor and JPD have on a DA's ability to their job? 9. She was making horrible decisions long before Melton was mayor. Please be specific. Which "horrible decisions"? ____ This is a perfect opportunity to move toward sound bites and into specifics. Let's be an informed citizenry and do just that. Let's *ask* and *answer* questions in a specific, non-rhetorical way. Also, I highly encourage everyone to listen to the questions and answers from the Jackson 2000 event. And there will be more in the paper this week to soak up.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T11:04:52-06:00
ID
92340
Comment

Looking back above, I should also state something that is obvious from my posts in the event that someone other than Tom misread them: I didn't say that the Bishop lied or was dishonest. The fact is that Smith's campaign is using the same sound bite that he is respected (presumably by the alleged criminals he has defended as a private attorney) and that he will, somehow, deal with attacks in a better way, presumably by not getting upset by them? (Not really sure.) The Bishop can certainly buy into and repeat those memes without being dishonest. This is why when candidates visit churches and get asked to "say a few words", it turns into Soundbyte City because some of them speak a lot of rhetoric with a few Bible verses thrown in. It turns into a popularity contest or a pep rally. I've seen it too many times, and I didn't get what was going on until I started hanging out around here.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T11:22:52-06:00
ID
92341
Comment

Also, I highly encourage everyone to listen to the questions and answers from the Jackson 2000 event. And there will be more in the paper this week to soak up. Is that in the most recent WLEZ podcast?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T11:33:03-06:00
ID
92342
Comment

No, I just found out that Todd didn't post it, yet. He's about to.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T11:36:44-06:00
ID
92343
Comment

Now between Faye & Purvis, as much as I hate to say it, Faye is the best choice. She has alot more experience. Purvis has NEVER tried a jury case. I mean how can you be the D.A. and not have tried a case, just city court misdeamenors? At least Faye has done that.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T13:03:57-06:00
ID
92344
Comment

I would also have to say that Robert Smith has the most trial experience of all the candidates and that being said, is a very important part of being D.A. Now I understand its not everything, I mean Faye certainly has a better grasp of the administrative aspect of the D.A.'s office, which is as important. I also do believe that Faye is not a bad trial lawyer, she is actually quite effective. What seems to me to be her primary problem is the lawyers that she has surrounded herself with, her assistants. This is an area where she has failed miserably. Her staff is just not made up of quality litigators. That is a problem that she needs to rectify and I think if she had done this earlier, than she would have been unbeatable. It is probably too late now.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T13:46:31-06:00
ID
92345
Comment

It could make a lot of sense for Robert to apply for a job as assistant D.A., learn what the office is all about and then run for DA in four years, right? And by then, he could insure that he is extricated from attempts to run him down if he chooses not to be the mayor's puppet. He's young. He has time to do this right, if he would consider it. I know people who care a whole lot about him who would like to see him do this, for his own good, as well as that of the city. Imagine the cut in pay he must be facing to become district attorney. It's not like he was a public defender. Ray, what happens to Robert's law practice if he is elected. Wouldn't there be rules about how he couldn't profit off defense of criminals if he's DA? Would he have to sell his firm? I don't know how this stuff works. And what happens if/when his office would need to prosecute one of the drug dealers or accused murderers he's been paid a lot to defend in the past? Would it be good enough for him to just stay off the case? How would defense attorneys use that against him?

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T14:14:11-06:00
ID
92346
Comment

He would have six months to close out all business. I don't know why he would choose to be assistant D.A., he already has more trial experience than the lot over there. Also, Faye was a public defender as was Robert. She then went to work for the D.A.'s office and then later became D.A. It wouldn't be the first time someone is elected to do a job that they have not done before. As well, Robert was a city prosector, so he has some insight into how to prosecute case and that coupled with his extensive trial experience and criminal defense background, would serve him well as D.A.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T14:28:58-06:00
ID
92347
Comment

To me though, Purvis is the worst choice out of the three. She has no trial experience and her primary criminal experience is at the city prosecutor's office. How is she going to understand how to conducte herself in a felony murder trial? Much less instruct her assistants on how to handle one. At least Faye and/or Robert would be able to do this because they have the experience to back it up.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T14:33:27-06:00
ID
92348
Comment

McMurtry answered the question Donna. It wouldn't surprise me to learn he's a lawyer too.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-23T14:43:16-06:00
ID
92349
Comment

McMurt, I see you your point. But I get the sense, so far, that Smith isn't very acquainted with the DA's office. It alarmed me that he indicated at the Jackson 2000 forum that there was little difference between a prosecutor and a defense attorney. And he didn't seem to take the budgetary issues seriously at all. I just don't get the sense he understands the needs of the office, despite his trial experience. That's why being an assistant DA, as Peterson was, would be good prep for him and help him figure out if it's really worth giving up all those high-priced clients to do this. And then there is that issue of ensuring his own independence from the Melton folks. That's a biggie—I mean, paramount—in this particular election.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T14:54:55-06:00
ID
92350
Comment

While I don't think it would be a bad idea if he was an assistant and learned more about the office, I just don't think that is an option for him. I mean if he were an assistant he would still have to give up his practice, one of my friends recently took a spot as an ADA in Hattiesburg and had six months to close down her firm in Clarksdale (I know cause I am helping her close out the files). Also, everyone that runs for D.A. or any elected position for that matter, does not always serve as a surbordinate first. Though as a testament to Faye's character, I do think she would give Robert a job as an ADA if he wanted one. Just in conversations I have had with her camp and Robert's camp it seems like their is not animosity between Faye and Robert. Also, the quote from Bishop Coleman refers to Michelle Purvis and not Faye. Michelle keeps informing people that she "trained" Robert at the city prosecutor's office, which is simply untrue. I know that Faye and Robert have had conversations about the mix up and she understands that it was not directed towards her and I believe there are plans to clarify this mix up.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T15:04:31-06:00
ID
92351
Comment

Ah, thanks for clearing that up about the Bishop, McMurt. I had asked Adam to call and find out. It still seems odd that that would be a primary reason to endorse someone for DA, but hey. I see your point about Smith not wanting to give up his lucrative defense practice to be an ADA. But that is kind of the problem in front of him, not the voters. Based on what I've heard him say so far, I think it would serve the public well if he did so. Or at least spend some time getting to know more about what the office is responsible for before he runs.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T16:00:39-06:00
ID
92352
Comment

Bishop Coleman's endorsement doesn't matter. Maybe 10 years ago, it would, but not today. Purvis won't need that endorsement. The question which escapes so many is why would a criminal defense attorney (Smith) want to be D.A.? Also, if some of Smith's clients are repeat offenders, just think about the conflicts which will arise and the number of cases he will have to recuse himself from. Is this really the atmosphere we want in the DA's office. Hard core murder cases being tried by an Assistant DA? Is this what the people of Hinds County bargaining for when they go to the polls and choose Smith??

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T18:11:25-06:00
ID
92353
Comment

ladd, you sugges that Smith would/could benefit from ADA experience....and that he's not very knowledgable about the needs of the office. I AGREE! Well, what about Purvis.... She's been an ADA and is very knowledgable about the budgetary, personnel, and political issues invovled with that office........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T18:15:51-06:00
ID
92354
Comment

Did anyone listen to the podcast yet?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T18:29:49-06:00
ID
92355
Comment

Bishop Coleman's endorsement doesn't matter. Maybe 10 years ago, it would, but not today. Why do you say that?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T18:31:37-06:00
ID
92356
Comment

McMurtry, what authority do you have for the statement that Purvis has not tried a jury case??? Just curious because I have information that you're completely wrong. However, prior to her election to the DA's office, Faye hadn't..........Her experience has been 100% on-the-job........Let's face it, Purvis cannot be as bad as Faye has been over the past five (5) years...... Also, let's make sure we get the facts correct.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T18:35:12-06:00
ID
92357
Comment

Respectfully, Bishop Coleman is elderly and some reports say very sick... He doesn't preach very often and certainly does not have the congregational following he had a few years ago. The Black Jackson Mega-Ministries include Word of Faith, New Hope, Greater Mount Calvary and others. Holding this constant, I don't mix politics with religion..... Truth be told, SMITH signed on to be PURVIS' campaign manager for this election, and then (like a coward) backed out............AND THREW HIS HAT INTO THE RING AND RAN AGAINST PURVIS..... Seriously, Smith doesn't have any integrity and certaintly does not deserve to be mentioned in a "serious" house of worship.....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T18:40:03-06:00
ID
92358
Comment

Robert Smith's stump speech includes langauge that "we need a DA who the criminals will fear." How can the criminally acussed fear someone who has focused the majority of his legal career representing the criminally acussed.?.?.? I can see many criminals coming before SMITH and giving him the wink and the gun hoping to cut a deal...... What is Smith really thinking about when he says, "a DA who the criminals will fear."? Assuming Smith is correct, then he certainly IS NOT the right guy for this position.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T18:47:27-06:00
ID
92359
Comment

During her speech on the podcast, Faye didn't answer the question about the 200 cases??? Did she dismiss or remand to the file over 200 case in the 2007 calendar year????..... YES!!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T18:53:17-06:00
ID
92360
Comment

Purvis has never tried a jury trial! Enough is Enough! Give me a break who needs experience here? Faye or Robert have way more experience than here. Please try to contradict that statement atty? Also the one about how Purvis trained him?

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T18:58:51-06:00
ID
92361
Comment

McMurty, evidently, you aren't a lawyer and don't know many. Purvis has tried jury trials on both the city and county levels. I will post the case cites momentarily. Afterwards, just limit your comments to those few matters you have knowledge of ........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T19:01:33-06:00
ID
92362
Comment

atty: How in the hell do try a jury case in city court? You just stated that, there are NO jury trials in municipal court. Am I wrong? Sorry I have never heard of a jury trial in city court, do they even have a jury box? Of course they don't, you apparently have never been in there before.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-23T19:06:06-06:00
ID
92363
Comment

Respectfully, Bishop Coleman is elderly and some reports say very sick... He doesn't preach very often and certainly does not have the congregational following he had a few years ago. Ok, okay. Just wondering what you meant. Yes, he had been sick, and so has his wife. Both of them have had a stroke at some point.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T19:06:40-06:00
ID
92364
Comment

McMurty, are you a lawyer? Just yes or no..... If not, I might consider paying for your first year......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T19:15:16-06:00
ID
92365
Comment

L.W., any thoughts on Smith's character and integrity?? He (Smith) obviously thought something of PURVIS' campaign inasmuch as he was campaign manager at some point??? Intergrity is an AWESOME character trait, too bad many lack it!!

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T19:17:50-06:00
ID
92366
Comment

atty, the only things I know about Smith is: He is a defense attorney. He graduated from Tougaloo (my alma mater). He was the attorney for one of the defendants in the Wood Street trial. He came to Melton's house when Donna was there doing an interview. He was the defense attorney for Marcus Wright during the Ridgeway Street trial. To me, he didn't seem sure of himself at the Ridgeway Trial, and he didn't seem sure of himself in that podcast. He may have character and integrity, but I don't think he's ready for this.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-23T19:39:22-06:00
ID
92367
Comment

OK, I'm sensing that at least one of the campaigns has discovered this Web site. Allow me to be clear about something: The JFP is not here to be used by one campaign to smear, and post innuendo, about the other. And the problem is if you're posting anonymously, I have no way to confirm what you're saying unless I know it to be true. Adam's story this week will address some of the factual questions raised above, if not all. L.W., you're feeling what I'm feeling—regardless of anything else, and who is supporting him, I don't think Smith is ready. And I think Purvis is even less ready based on what we've heard from her so far (including her barely dealing with the budget questions, atty). If people did put them up to run, they didn't seem to find the strongest candidates to mount against Peterson. Although I'm not sure who they would be; maybe others have thoughts on that. BTW, I've said on here that Peters gave money to Purvis' campaign, which I got from a good source. I'm afraid I misunderstood the point about his involvement; he is not listed as a campaign donor, so I stand corrected until and unless other information emerges. I would love people to use this space to post facts about the candidates -- for instance, lists of people Smith has defended and details on cases that Purvis has tried in front of juries, especially felony cases, which are the only ones relevant here. We already have a lot of information coming on Peterson (and the others), but any *actual, substantiated facts* are welcome here. I also wonder why Lakeside hasn't answered any of the questions his earlier post presented about the current DA.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T19:49:42-06:00
ID
92368
Comment

BTW, how can you back up the assertion that Smith was Purvis' campaign manager, atty? And at one point isn't it true that Peters was supporting her candidacy? If that is true, then it sounds like he approached Smith two years ago, then he decided not to run, and they both were helping Purvis. Then Smith got back in. And THAT is speculation; I welcome more factual in put on it.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T19:51:25-06:00
ID
92369
Comment

L.W., I appreciate your honesty. Well, beyond what you've stated, I know a little more about the man. First, you are correct -- he's not ready for this election. Beyond that, he severely lack character and integrity.... To sign an official document with the Secretary of State's Office agreeing to be Purvis' campaign manager in this race, and then bow out, only to run against her is a serious indictment on Smith's integrity. Where I come from, a man's word is stronger than any written agreement and serves as the true litmus test as to the heart and soul of any individual........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T19:52:39-06:00
ID
92370
Comment

ladd, the document that Smith signed agreeing to be Purvis' campaign manager is public record and can be found on the secretary of state's website...

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T19:56:05-06:00
ID
92371
Comment

I'd like to see that document, atty.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T19:56:33-06:00
ID
92372
Comment

OK. I'll look. Maybe Adam knows about this, but I didn't. Thanks for the tip.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T19:57:19-06:00
ID
92373
Comment

I'll do you one better....... I'll have someone fax a copy to the JFP tomorrow.......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T20:07:39-06:00
ID
92374
Comment

Great. That's the kind of thing I like hear: backup for assertions. We'll post a PDF of it when/if it comes. And if it doesn't and turns out to be false, we'll let everyone know that, too. Thanks. Remember, though, no unsubstantiated accusations.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T20:10:59-06:00
ID
92375
Comment

It's the SS 06-05 Form (Statement of Organization for a Political Committee) received by the Secretary of State's Office on January 18, 2007 and bears Smith's name, signature, address, phone number and office (campaign manager)........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T20:12:17-06:00
ID
92376
Comment

give me a fax number, please....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T20:14:56-06:00
ID
92377
Comment

You don't have it memorized? ;-) 601.510.9019

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T20:17:53-06:00
ID
92378
Comment

now remember, if such a document exists, you agreed to do a pdf and post it for everyone to see....... also, make sure adam is aware of this.. thanks.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T20:20:30-06:00
ID
92379
Comment

Of course. Why wouldn't I?

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T20:30:07-06:00
ID
92380
Comment

"It ain't braggin' if you can do it." -D. Dean

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-23T21:26:30-06:00
ID
92381
Comment

I like that quote, Iron. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-23T21:39:47-06:00
ID
92382
Comment

oh, don't worry folks, tomorrow it will be done (jfp will have a copy of the Smith document supporting/endorsing Purvis)........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-23T21:45:23-06:00
ID
92383
Comment

Ok Ms. Ladd I'll answer, but I've got to be brief for now. 1. She bungled the case against Melton. How? What did she do wrong, in your opinion? Faye made it look like a witch hunt by bringing it to trial so fast when there are muder cases on the docket. 2. She has not gotten convictions in several high profile murder cases. Which ones do you mean? Then we can look at those specificially. The grey head and batman trials. 3. She has plea-bargained numerous felony cases. Let's get some attribution and specifics going here. Also, do you see a problem with plea-bargaining felony cases? I don't have specifics right now, but we all know she plea-bargains cases. The CL has done a story on it before. Yes, I see a problem with a plea bargain when someone is obviously guilty. 4. When she is interviewed she always points the finger at someone else or blames the DA's office failure on others. Can you provide actual quotes so we can discuss? No actual quotes, but to me she just hem haws around responsability. 5. we need someone who will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. How do you mean? I mean just what I said and Faye doesn't do it. 6. Purvis is the one that comes off the most honest about changing things to me. How does she come off more honest than her opponents? What are the specifics that she has offered on changing things? To me she seems to have more integrity than the others especially if the recent statements on here about Smith are true. 7. She has the experiance to be the DA. In your opinion, what specifically in her record is key to her being DA? She has about as much experiance as Faye had when she took over. Faye has been a disaster so it's time to give someone else a chance. 8. We aren't making progress with Faye How do you mean? Uhm, just look at the condition the Hinds County justice system is in today. The DA's office plays a big role in that. The Clinton PD is fit to be tied at times when someone is bound over the county and gets a slap on the wrist. 9. She was making horrible decisions long before Melton was mayor. The plea bargains. I'll see if I can dig up the old CL article on them. Now with all of that said. I know most here are going vote for Faye and that's your right to do so. If I vote the the Dem primary my choice will be Purvis and that is my right. I believe that she will do better than Faye is doing and can certainly do no worse. I know many people in Clinton that despise Faye and think she is an absolute joke. If all of these people in Clinton, Byrum, and North Hinds vote in the Dem primary then Faye is probably done. I now the JFP likes Faye and all, but please don't rail on me for supporting who I believe will do a better job. I support McMillian for sheriff as the does the JFP. We don't need Lewis as Sheriff because he is too close too Melton. I just don't believe Purvis is that close to Melton and again I think she is the best person for the job. The last thing I'll say is there is no need for some long drawn out case by case specific look at the situation. I along with many others do not think Faye is doing a good job. The JFP along with many others seem to think she is. I mean it is what it is. Not too many minds are going to be changed at this point.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-24T08:34:42-06:00
ID
92384
Comment

Lakeside, While I agree that a change is needed in the D.A.'s office, I think that choosing Purvis over Faye is a mistake. Faye may not be the most effective D.A. but she has the experience to do the job, while Purvis has very little. Faye can try a case & understands the administrative aspect of the job as well. Purvis has NO felony trial experience, I wonder if she has ever tried even a civil jury case. That being said, I am going to vote for Robert Smith but if there is a run-off between Faye & Purvis, than I think I would have to go with Faye.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:05:38-06:00
ID
92385
Comment

Lakeside is on point!! It is clear from a number of messages posted that the JFP is pulling for Faye in this election. And that's perfectly fine. However, please do not knock my choice for the Hinds County DA post when reasonable minds can certainly differ as to Faye's job performance (or lack thereof). For example, in addition to the countless blunders Faye has made, let's consider the Brunner case. The Brunner case involved the defendant allegedly attacking, beating and robbing an elderly woman. This case ended in a conviction, with the defendant receiving a sentence of 180 years (DeLaughter). However, it took the DA's office twice to get the conviction -- something which a competent DA could have gotten the first time. This means wasted tax dollars, mismanaged resources and unnecessary hardship for the victims.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:09:02-06:00
ID
92386
Comment

I just can't justify voting for someone just because the aren't "Faye." With Smith I think you get an very experienced criminal trial lawyer with good connections to the community, as well as a deep sense of loyalty to this community. Purvis simply does not offer this, she does not have the experience to be D.A. I think to just vote for Purvis because she isn't Faye just doe not make any sense. If you think the D.A.'s office is incompetent now, just wait till you elect someone lie Purvis, who doesn't even try cases and has little experience in felony cases. Now if I wan't someone to handle a misdeameanor littering charge, I would then go with Purvis.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:10:35-06:00
ID
92387
Comment

McMurtry, you want to have your cake and eat it, too... You state that you will support Smith in the primary, but if there's a run-off between Purvis and Faye, then you will support Faye. Therefore, you will support a criminal defense attorney over two (2) prosecutors for Hinds County DA? Get real.......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:12:12-06:00
ID
92388
Comment

There is every need for a drawn-out case-by-case specific look at the situation. We didn't get that during the mayoral election (even though we tried), and look where all that unsubstantiated rhetoric got us. I'm not going to rail against you, but I am going to challenge you to think about the actual facts and circumstances deeper and get past the sound bites. I'll start with the first one, and dip in to talk about others as I get a few minutes: 1. She bungled the case against Melton. How? What did she do wrong, in your opinion? Faye made it look like a witch hunt by bringing it to trial so fast when there are muder cases on the docket. Now, that is one of the most naive memes out there. First of all, it's not logical that she "bungled the case" by bringing it too soon. But, most importantly, she (and the sheriff and the attorney general) had an ethical responsibility to bring those cases right away. He was a public official, using public resources and acting on behalf of the public. He was acting on the *public's* behalf, and it would have been completely irresponsible (and opened them up to much more intelligent criticism) had they not investigated and indicted so quickly. BTW, if this is a mark against her, why not against McMillin? More soon.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:12:30-06:00
ID
92389
Comment

ladd, what about the Smith document??? please let McMurtry know exactly about the candidate he's supporting....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:14:51-06:00
ID
92390
Comment

2 prosecutors atty? Faye is a real prosecutor, at least give her that much. Purvis handled 1st offense DUIs and simple assault cases in municipal court. There is a huge difference there. Purvis is not a real prosecutor. I think I handled 1st offence DUIs on my first day with a law liscense, it does not take much experience. Both Smith & Faye are very experienced in felony cases, Purvis is not.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:15:20-06:00
ID
92391
Comment

Oh that Smith was Purvis' campaign manager? Yes I already knew that atty. Then he realized that he was more qualified to run and did. I don't see a problem with that.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:17:38-06:00
ID
92392
Comment

McMurtry, the point you seem to be missing is that prior to her election to the DA's office, Faye had NO experience in prosecution........ Therefore, let's compare apples to apples; not apples to strawberries. You are attempting to tear Purvis down in an effort to bolster Faye. This is not the smart way to go. Faye's record will ultimately have to speak for her........not you.........not political pundits...............not the media..... and ultimately, the voters will decide..

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:18:51-06:00
ID
92393
Comment

And by the way Faye was a criminal defense attorney before she was D.A., as is the case in alot of D.A.'s races.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:19:10-06:00
ID
92394
Comment

How am I tearing Purvis down atty? By stating the truth, that her primary experience is in municipal court handling misdeameanors? Thats the truth.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:20:47-06:00
ID
92395
Comment

Regarding Smith's flip-flop, as you see it, Smith decided he was more qualified and decided to run. As folks with integrity will see it, he's a coward who does not know the meaning of loyalty or membership. A decent person in his shoes would have bowed out gracefully and took a seat on the sideline---not run against the candidate he once supported. It demonstrates the quintessence of inconsistency, indecisiveness and lack of political savvy.........And I'd say that if many more voters were aware of it, he wouldn't stand a chance in this election.....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:23:15-06:00
ID
92396
Comment

Well atty you obviously have not seen the polling data, I think Purvis is at around 11%. She is really a non-factor in this race.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:24:39-06:00
ID
92397
Comment

Michele brings little or nothing to the job but promises she can't keep. Her lack of experience in jury trials will guarantee lost after lost. She can't even roughly compare to Faye or Robert in any fashion at performing this job.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-24T09:25:32-06:00
ID
92398
Comment

Well, I hope she did better as a defense attorney....... Oh, this might be available avenue for her after August 7th.........just a thought......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:25:48-06:00
ID
92399
Comment

McMurtry, come on, what polling data..... Don't be vauge or ambiguous, state your source and the numbers..... Convince me..... JFP has the document which shows that Smith is a flip-flopper....... Produce the documents......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:27:24-06:00
ID
92400
Comment

Exactly my point Ray, A Purvis election will result in a much worse situation than we have now. Faye or Smith are the only 2 candidates with the felony trial experience it takes to do this job. Purvis should stick to littering trials, she has the right experience for that.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:28:03-06:00
ID
92401
Comment

Ray Carter, what "promises" are you talking about? State them.......as well as the ways you contend she will not be able to keep them....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:28:54-06:00
ID
92402
Comment

I actually don't have the data atty but I have seen it and I am sure you can obtain a copy if you would like.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:30:05-06:00
ID
92403
Comment

Okay, Ray and McMurtry, let's be nice, if either of you are lawyers, you might be asking DA Purvis for a job after August 7th.......

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:30:10-06:00
ID
92404
Comment

No thanks, McMurtry......the only numbers that matter to me will be reveled around 9:00 p.m. on August 7th....... By the way, I seriously want to know if either Smith or Faye have any TV ads running yet? Just a yes or no will suffice.... Thanks.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:31:44-06:00
ID
92405
Comment

11% Purvis for a job, come on lets get real. Purvis has like zero name recognition in the community. Faye is the incumbent D.A. and Robert has a strong family connection to the community that everyone knows who he is, as well as his extensive trial experience. Nobody has ever heard of Purvis and even her commercials aren't helping with that.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:32:29-06:00
ID
92406
Comment

Oh that Smith was Purvis' campaign manager? Yes I already knew that atty. Then he realized that he was more qualified to run and did. I don't see a problem with that. We did get the document, and it will be PDF'd shortly.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:33:27-06:00
ID
92407
Comment

OK, let's not have a p!ssing contest here. McMurt, could you share the rest of that polling data?

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:34:22-06:00
ID
92408
Comment

Yes Donna, I am going to try and obtain a copy this evening actually. An independent group did it and it reflects a close race between Faye & Robert, with Purvis pretty far behind. I can fax it to y'all when I get it.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:36:26-06:00
ID
92409
Comment

So if you know Purvis' numbers, then tell us what they are for Peterson and Smith. And, yes, then please fax the info. The number is above. ;-) Do you know who contracted for the poll?

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:37:40-06:00
ID
92410
Comment

Question #2 from Lakeside above: 2. She has not gotten convictions in several high profile murder cases. Which ones do you mean? Then we can look at those specifically. The grey head and batman trials. Ah, Greyhead and Batman. Are you familiar with Melton's role in those cases, Lakeside? If not, you might read our DA coverage in the paper this week. I'll hold on you for a day on that one.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:39:55-06:00
ID
92411
Comment

(Just curious, Lakeside—which lake do you live next to?)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:40:28-06:00
ID
92412
Comment

I am not sure what group contracted for the poll but I can find out when I get my copy. I think it is 49% for Smith, Peterson at 40% and Purvis at 11%. Those numbers might have changed of course since I saw it last week.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:42:24-06:00
ID
92413
Comment

I wouldn't work for Michele. If she lucks out and hoodwinks the public, it won't be long before she beomes another FM who talks big and says nothing. We should have learned by now to avoid quarterbacks who have never played the game.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-24T09:45:57-06:00
ID
92414
Comment

McMurtry, not questioning the validity of your data, but your numbers add up perfectly to 100%........no 3 to 4% +/- for error or etc.....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T09:46:24-06:00
ID
92415
Comment

Thats what I saw and you can see it when I fax it. I am not claiming that its compeletly accurate, just what the group produced.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:48:03-06:00
ID
92416
Comment

I wouldn't work for Michele. If she lucks out and hoodwinks the public, it won't be long before she beomes another FM who talks big and says and does nothing. We should have learned by now to avoid quarterbacks who have never played the game. Atty, her promises to prosecute criminal better and make the office more accountable.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-24T09:49:33-06:00
ID
92418
Comment

Well, I'd love to see it. Those are different numbers from a poll we've heard about (but not confirmed, yet). There must be several folks polling.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:49:37-06:00
ID
92417
Comment

You guys are laughable. Faye worked under y'all's pal Ed Peter's and was appointed to the DA's office upon his retirement. She may have been a defense attorney before; but, she wasn't a defense attorney at the time of becoming DA. Second, you are ignoring that Melton was tampering with the witness in the Batman trial, and involved with the greyhead trial. If you have a beef with those two trials, you need to look at the "Melton common denominator" between the two cases. As far as the Brunner case, don't you think the ratcheted up press from the daily about his first trial, the press about the hung jury (one person!) from the last trial, and the rash of violent crime going on now that Melton is mayor aided the second trial conviction? Gee, you'd think that attorney's would realize that a defense attorney may have gotten to the ONE juror who kept Brunner out of jail the first time? And ladd pretty much blows the NJam/Mill St posse argument against the "speedy trial" for Melton crap you guys preach out of the water when she asks why the Sheriff isn't subject to the same fallacy as you put on Faye? So, guys can you tell us a bit more about the roughly 300+ cases that the DA's office has sent back to the JPD for further investigation or because the stuff they turned in to the DA was crap since Jan. of 2006? Can you explain how the DA's office can do their job when the largest police force they have to work with doesn't even put together cases you can take to court? Can you explain how it is Faye's fault that JPD has only returned a third of those case to the DA's office almost going on two years now? Now if Judge Skinner could just get JPD to arrest some of the child sexual predators he mentions in his interview with WLBT... And, if you don't think JPD's lack of sound investigating and leadership doesn't affect Clinton, then maybe you need to see if you can build a gate on Clinton Blvd?

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-07-24T09:49:42-06:00
ID
92419
Comment

Yeah I think there are several groups polling Donna, so its hard to be certain what numbers are totally accurate. Yet in all of the ones I have heard about (not the one I actually saw) Purvis seems to be trailing by alot. What numbers do you have, if you don't mind sharing?

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T09:51:49-06:00
ID
92420
Comment

I can't share, yet, but I haven't seen a physical copy. Please send this, McMurt, and our fax machine is open to others as well. ;-) 601.510.9019

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:52:54-06:00
ID
92421
Comment

In fairness, I should add, that I wish Michele the best if she wins though.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-24T09:55:59-06:00
ID
92422
Comment

Here's the PDF.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T09:57:05-06:00
ID
92423
Comment

Well, McMurtry, if (as you admit) there are problems with the polls, regardless of how small, its total validity must be questioned and thoroughly examined....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T10:05:03-06:00
ID
92424
Comment

ladd, thanks for posting the pdf of Smith's flip-flop.... Regardless of the outcome of this race, in my book, Smith has NO integrity....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T10:12:08-06:00
ID
92425
Comment

I am curious to know if there is any data out there that reflects Purvis in the lead or even in second place, I am just not aware of any.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T10:17:22-06:00
ID
92426
Comment

I would have to agree with Ray on wishing Michelle the best if she wins and I would extend that to Faye & Robert as well. This race is not only about which particular candidate wins but more importantly it is about the future and safety of this county and the community that we all do care about. Even though we may not all agree on how to go about it, we do all have the same goal and that is to make Hinds County a safer place for everyone.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T10:25:23-06:00
ID
92427
Comment

Deciding you can do a better job than a person you formerly supported isn't a reflection of a lack of integrity, it's moreso an attempt to save us from something awful or not good for us. Smith should be lionized. Robert and Faye have played quarterback in the big games. Michelle hasn't. I do not believe she can personally try cases successfully before a jury. Why didn't she do it while working for Faye? Why did she leave the District Attorney office if she really wants the job so eagerly? Why didn't she help out while there? Did she offer Faye any suggestions on improvement while working for her?

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-24T10:47:46-06:00
ID
92428
Comment

Again I am goning to have to agree with Ray, Smith had duty to run if he felt Michelle was not qualified for the position. I also think that Faye and Robert have run clean campaigns, as they have not attacked each other and have a good friendly relationship between each other. Michelle, on the other hand, has made baseless attacks on both Smith and Faye. While I may feel that Robert should become D.A. and am not impressed with Faye's performance, I still do not think it is cool to make baseless accusations about her character and performance. I would also have to say that Faye has shown that she has true integrity throughout this whole campaign, especially with the personal attacks made against her and I respect her for that.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T10:57:11-06:00
ID
92429
Comment

I do not intend to imply that Michele is awful or not a good person. I simply think an administration as the DA would be awful or not good for us.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-24T10:58:25-06:00
ID
92430
Comment

Saw the PDF. For some reason, I assumed that Purvis lived in Jackson.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-24T10:59:19-06:00
ID
92431
Comment

Ms. Ladd, I'll try to get back to your question when I get a chance. I just wanted to comment on where Purvis lives. I knew she lived in Clinton, but didn't know she lived in Bruenburg(sp). To my knowledge that is heavily republican neighborhood as are the ones that surround it. This could be where the cross over repulican vote comes into play again. If her neighbors support here and enough of them get the word out to vote for her it could have some impact. There is still the question of how many replicans will actually cross over. That's an answer I've still need to decide on myself. Memo to state legislature and Secretary of State: The State of Mississippi needs open primaries.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-24T12:10:18-06:00
ID
92432
Comment

Well, if she drives through her neighborhood, and Clinton, like she cut me off that day, then her neighbors may not be so inclined to vote for her. ;-P

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-07-24T12:22:09-06:00
ID
92433
Comment

Ray, Smith should be "lionized" for his flip-flop, are you kidding me??? To sign up as someone's campaign manager, you are saying to the candidate and the rest of the world that you support the candidate's platform and candidacy (as a whole). It's sort of like his (Smith's) entire bid. To practice law as a criminal defense attorney and then try to become a prosecutor is a laughable attempt to fool intelligent voters. Smith aruges that a skilled litigator can do either (prosecute or defend). He's completely lost. First and foremost, the prosecutor has the burden of proof. To this end, it is incumbent of the proseuctor to offer evidence and witnesses to sustain that burden and hopefully get a conviction. A defense lawyer does not have to call one witness (not even the defendant) nor offer any documents. The trial strategies for both are different. The approach of a criminal trial is different. You'd never see Johnnie Cochran (rest his soul) on the proseuction side. Smith is so confused that he's really in over his head.

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-24T16:03:55-06:00
ID
92434
Comment

At least he has tried a felony case before atty! Purvis has never done that, so I guess she is too dumb to realize that she is in over her head. At least Smith knows what he is getting into.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-24T18:13:06-06:00
ID
92435
Comment

Can someone do a factcheck for me? I got this Peterson flyer in the mail. Take a look at it, please. [IMG]http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a47/law6331/petersonflyer.jpg[/IMG]

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-24T19:08:25-06:00
ID
92436
Comment

You just reminded me to relaunch Truthwatch. Will try to do that asap.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-24T19:14:06-06:00
ID
92437
Comment

Cool, thanks.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-24T19:21:07-06:00
ID
92438
Comment

I'll admit I'm bias toward Smith to some degree. After all, he graduated from college on county line road. He might be young but he isn't scared and weak. He's a go-getter just like they train them at that school. He'll be great in time. Smith saw his error and backed out on Michele. I had planned t steal some apples with my friends from Mr. Eunice's tree. I realized it was wrong, Mr.Eunice might shoot me (He was crazy) and backed out. Does that make me disloyal or the scared punk the boys called me?

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-25T07:53:12-06:00
ID
92439
Comment

What are you talking about, Mansell?

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-25T10:48:04-06:00
ID
92440
Comment

Make sure you read this.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-26T10:05:02-06:00
ID
92441
Comment

I really disappointed in the JFP..... It's totally obvious to any reasonable viewer that you guys are 100% slanted against Purvis in this race. No wonder so many people rely on other media outlets for their news.... Sad!!

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-26T12:59:24-06:00
ID
92442
Comment

Ray, regardless of the school you attend or the letters behind your name or the make/model car you drive, there is something beyond all of that junk......it's called CHARACTER!! AND ROBERT SMITH HAS NONE!! It's not even close. He has NONE!! So, are you really asking people to support someone for a highly esteemed position of trust, when the candidate has no character or integrity?? Get real..... All I got is a nickel and a nail.... I can spend the nickel, but the nail won't spend!!

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-26T13:05:09-06:00
ID
92443
Comment

atty, being that we already know that you're in the Purvis camp, why don't you point out specifically what we reported about Purvis that is not true. Our bias is toward fact and truth, wherever those chips fall, and if you see something we got wrong, we want to hear about it. Otherwise, the complaints of a particular political camp about our reportage does not interest me.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-26T13:30:59-06:00
ID
92444
Comment

I'm also going to ask that you cut off the "Robert Smith has no character" ad hominem attacks. Again, specifics—like your fax showing that he was her campaign mananger and then quit—is great. But you will need to leave if you post another ad hominem attack.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-26T13:32:04-06:00
ID
92445
Comment

ladd, I can fax hundreds of pages of docs which bear out that point about Smith.......... The message simply condenses the point. The facts are the facts.... I'm just really disappoint in JFP and without saying more, the truth will be announced on Tuesday, August 7th.... God Speed!!

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-26T14:42:24-06:00
ID
92446
Comment

Well its fitting that all one of Purvis's supporter's can do is launch attacks on other candidates, I mean that is how Michelle has run her entire campaign, by making baseless attacks on the two other candidates with nothing to back it up. I may be supporting Smith but I do not feel the need to make baseless allegations against Faye or Purvis and the people in Faye's camp have not played that dirty game either. It seems quite obvious to me that Michelle is desperate and knows the game is over for her. Thankfully, Faye & Robert will not stoop to her level and we can enjoy a fair and cordially race between the two of them.

Author
*Suspended for masquerading as another person*
Date
2007-07-26T15:06:47-06:00
ID
92447
Comment

-just finished listening to the broadcast on 103. Ladd, you did a great job with the interview. Faye was the confident person I know her to be and with the mind of an elephant (never forgetting anything). She quoted cases, families and circumstances and results of so many situations I had forgotten. Faye's openess and honesty ring clear. This woman is dedicated to this community and it is my hope that she will be supported and re-elected.

Author
justjess
Date
2007-07-27T12:11:21-06:00
ID
92448
Comment

I've been getting emails from Michele's supporters this morning blaming the crime rate on Faye Peterson without even mentioning the roles of Frank Melton's or Shirlene Anderson's actions or inactions. I told them to cease and desist from sending me such dumb-ass bullsh1t because I had one eye, half an ear and a fourth of a brain - all you need to decipher thoughtless and utter crap.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-07-27T12:19:05-06:00
ID
92449
Comment

I was impressed by Ms. Peterson's interview today. I definitely know who I'm voting for on August 7. Keep in mind, too, that since there are no other party primaries in this race, the winner takes all. One question though: if no one gets the majority, is there still a run-off?

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-07-27T12:20:54-06:00
ID
92450
Comment

If the highest vote is not 50%+1, there will be a run-off. This is the scanario that melton is depending on. I'm sure he didn't think of it on his own. I noticed that Stephanie Parker-Weaver is being put in the background now.

Author
justjess
Date
2007-07-27T12:30:01-06:00
ID
92451
Comment

I had one eye, half an ear and a fourth of a brain - all you need to decipher thoughtless and utter crap. There's my laugh for today. Thanks again, Ray. LOL

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-27T12:40:18-06:00
ID
92452
Comment

"I've been getting emails from Michele's supporters this morning blaming the crime rate on Faye Peterson without even mentioning the roles of Frank Melton's or Shirlene Anderson's actions or inactions. I told them to cease and desist from sending me such dumb-a** bullsh1t because I had one eye, half an ear and a fourth of a brain - all you need to decipher thoughtless and utter crap." -- Ray Carter Ladd, does any of this necessitate a censor, admonishment, or etc.????? I've never used any profanity or the like in any of my posted messages. I guess, so long as it is in favor of Faye, then the JFP is okay with it......... A sad commentary........

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-27T20:34:51-06:00
ID
92453
Comment

Ray's the board mascot. It's allowed for him. ;)

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-27T20:46:44-06:00
ID
92454
Comment

I guess so...... that seems to be the consistent theme for the JFP: double standards, innuendoes, conjecture, speculation and NO FACTS!!! FACT: Faye got complete acquittals from the Greyhead, Wood Street and Melton trials. FACT: From January thru June 2007, over 200 cases from the DA's Office were dismissed or remanded to the file (with some including heinous offenses such as murder, possession, armed robbery, assault, battery, and etc.) FACT: August 8th, we WILL have a new District Attorney!!

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-27T20:57:54-06:00
ID
92455
Comment

atty, I must ask: Are you Purvis? You're started to sound a whole lot like her. We've kinda been through the facts of your assertions already. See Adam's cover story this week. And as fascinating and educational as your posts are, I will have to ask you not to troll here for a fight. No one cares. Regardless of who you are. OK, folks, for the next 10 days, we are on Red Troll Alert. They're coming out of the woodwork. Sigh.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-27T22:35:29-06:00
ID
92456
Comment

Also, atty, the basic problem your camp is facing right now is that a bit of homework does, in fact, indicate that Ms. Purvis' claims are less than accurate. You might want to spend your time here proving that her claims are in fact correct, rather than trying to kill the messinger. Otherwise, you should know that you're making her campaignn look bad here, whether or not you're close to it. Just for the record.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-27T22:49:25-06:00
ID
92457
Comment

This is no real forum...... How many people read this blog or the JFP for that matter. Only fifteen (15) people have posted here. Only about twenty-five (25) people actually read your paper. Get real.....

Author
atty
Date
2007-07-28T08:03:50-06:00
ID
92458
Comment

Then stop obsessing over our tiny little reach and move on somewhere else where you will be appreciated, atty. Bye, bye. (smile)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-28T08:06:39-06:00
ID
92459
Comment

MS Ladd Could it be that atty belives that Faye is full of it and thinks that Michelle is the better way to go? Why is he a troll? He actually stated some facts a few post ago and they were completely blown over. I know the JFP wants Faye to win, but a lot of people don't. I'm not sure that Faye actually gets beaten, but by no means will it be an easy victory. My vote will be for Michelle Purvis if I in fact vote in Dem primary. BTW: What is red troll alert? Is that some kind of comment about republicans or is a red troll like some kind of super troll?

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-28T09:09:29-06:00
ID
92460
Comment

Actually, those "facts" have already been disproven in the article I linked. The troll part is about the lying and whining and wheedling and accusing—rather than using actual facts and staying on point. A Red Troll Alert means that we should expect lots of them over the next few days leading up to the elections. Right now, we have a$$holes masquerading as real people, for instance, in little juvenile political games. We are going to suspend and delete such stupid posts without warning, so don't bother. Go start your own site, but don't come around here and do that crap.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-28T15:00:30-06:00
ID
92461
Comment

I haven't seen the article...... Is there a link for it?

Author
indep
Date
2007-07-28T16:52:31-06:00
ID
92462
Comment

Cover story this week.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-28T17:15:59-06:00
ID
92463
Comment

Thanks for the clarification, but I still can't vote for Faye. She has had here oppertunity, but has failed Hinds County. That is my opinion and that's how I feel. I believe my feelings are shared by a lot of people in Clinton, Byrum North Hinds, and maybe in Jackson itself. I might be right, but then again I might be crazy. As you said yourself Ms. Ladd the outcome could be decided by how many Pubs end up crossing over. I guess that's about alll I can say on the DA's race and we'll see what happens on Aug. 7th and probably Aug. 21th.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-28T21:26:04-06:00
ID
92464
Comment

atty, are you one of the triplets?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-28T21:37:25-06:00
ID
92465
Comment

You'd rather back a candidate that Ed Peters approves of? Or was good buds with Felonious Frankie-Boy and his Do-Nothing Dozen? Man, I'll stay the course with someone who will at least try to act professional.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-28T21:50:25-06:00
ID
92466
Comment

She has had here oppertunity, but has failed Hinds County. That is my opinion and that's how I feel. That's fine, but you might convince others of it if you could support your reasons. BTW, I asked her several of your questions on Friday on the radio. The radio show should be up by Monday. We'll alert everyone when it's up. L.W., I wouldn't make assumptions about who any of the newbies are who signed up just to talk about this campaign. We have a number of people trying to parade as others. Also, Lakeside, you never questioned my question about which lake you live next to. Are you positive you can vote in the Hinds County DA's race? I know much of the most unsupported vitriol toward the current DA tends to come for people outside her district, and frankly their feelings are irrelevant.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-29T08:01:49-06:00
ID
92467
Comment

I'll also warn that the JFP tried to get Melton supporters to answer specific questions about why Melton was going to be a good mayor, and they couldn't. Look where that has gotten us—to a place where he's a disaster mayor who is trying to get people that he and his supporters can controll installed in every powerful office around him to do what he wants. Folks, it is the season of thinking carefully.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-29T08:03:30-06:00
ID
92468
Comment

L.W., I wouldn't make assumptions about who any of the newbies are who signed up just to talk about this campaign. We have a number of people trying to parade as others. Yeah, Donna. That's why I asked. I figured that if the poster is pretending to be someone else, the real attorney should be notified.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-29T08:55:19-06:00
ID
92469
Comment

Ms. Ladd I do indeed live in Hinds County. I reside in one of the many neighborhoods in the general Clinton area that have a lake in them. If I lived outside the district I may offer up and opinion, but I wouldn't bash a candidate too much.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-07-29T10:22:30-06:00
ID
92470
Comment

It seems to me that as a campaign heats up more people will be involved and want to discuss the issues, thats why I signed up. i don't know if thats a bad thing.

Author
Trusty Sidekick
Date
2007-07-29T10:36:51-06:00
ID
92471
Comment

Of course it isn't. Unfortunately, some people seem to be signing up only to spread inaccuracies, call other people names, parade as people they're aren't and to pick rights. In other words, they show up and scribble all over the bathroom walls instead of pulling up a chair and participating in a civil conversation. You are welcome to do the latter, but not the former.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-29T10:47:41-06:00
ID
92472
Comment

Cool, Lakeside. You'd be surprised how many people don't follow the same principle. I do encourage you not to "bash," however, based on unsubstantiated rhetoric. That is a very serious problem in this region, as we saw in the Melton election.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-29T10:51:52-06:00
ID
92473
Comment

Was there any investigation into the allegations made by a Melton friend/associate awhile back regarding Faye Peterson's alleged romantic involvement with a witness in an ongoing criminal case? I do not recall the exact details.

Author
Socrates
Date
2007-07-29T14:42:26-06:00
ID
92474
Comment

I don't know of that particular allegation. We did follow up Melton and Christopher Walker's accusations about her and Jimmy Jam, and found nothing. The source Melton said confirm his accusations (Michele Purvis) said she had no nothing of such a thing. Also, I assume you're not Socrates Garrett. If you are, let me know directly.

Author
msaldana
Date
2007-07-29T18:32:08-06:00
ID
92475
Comment

Faye is a woman of dignity and pride, who does not have to drop her standards to address lies from a convict. She is a Christian and continues to be treated unfairly by the good ole boys who are the true corrupt ones. She graduated in all her classes with honor and has always excel in spite of difficulty. Although she is a divorce mother of two, her ex-husband is an attorney who loves and support’s her. Her desires to move into the DA’s position was not motivated by criminals, those with a criminal mind set or any individual because of power and money. She took and oath and I trust that this office currently will not be persuaded or bought out by the current Mayor (here lies the problem). If the Mayor would read his job description and become knowledgeable of the his staff’s accountabilities, we can then begin to see progress. As long as he convince people that crime is the DA’s office and not the police lack of visibility and protection, Jackson and citizen will continue to suffer. Faye does not patrol the streets, her office does not patrol the street, neither will Smith or Purvis patrol the streets……soooooooo until the problem falls with the Mayor and his staff nothing changes. Why is it so hard to understand, Faye is not the entire judicial system, the criminals have attorneys (like Robert Smith), judges involved, police must find, locate and perform the investigations before the DA’s office can do anything, then we have the 13 jurors. Finally for the Melton case - No ones ever discuss that fact that the AG’s office and the Sheriff investigated the Mayor and turned over specifics action to the both offices. Faye did the right thing even if a jury decided a different ruling. Thanks Faye for standing when others are afraid and hide behind their desk, we keep you in our prayers and God is able to handle all. Jim Hood want get my vote again, he is weak. The Mayor was wrong and is not above the law. He is doing nothing and to have been a CEO is a disgrace to attach to his name. People can you not look and compare other CEO’s or Mayors, is there behavior anywhere close to this ignorance, or could it be that the blinders are there because you hope that he will give you a house, job or money. When you have confidence within your self and abilities (Faye) you don’t have to become a lap dog. Well he found him three I know, and Michele is a followers with the same mind set, never had aspirations, or an original idea, someone else (Frank) talked her into this with lack of experience. I guess the surrounding counties will laugh even harder, when we have more people who can’t understand what their job descriptions. Finally, vote for who you want but the personal attacks against the current DA are not necessary and has absolutely nothing to do with this job. How would you feel, stick with the facts, this is non-sense.

Author
BJM
Date
2007-07-29T21:00:40-06:00
ID
92476
Comment

So she didn't deny it, is that right?

Author
Socrates
Date
2007-07-29T21:47:15-06:00
ID
92477
Comment

[quote]So she didn't deny it, is that right?[/quote] I believe it's up to Frankie-boy's followers to prove it did happen, not for Faye to waste her time with soap opera garbage like this, So-crates. I'd rather see proof than yet another Newbie slinging mud for suspicious reasons.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-29T23:06:21-06:00
ID
92478
Comment

Good Grief! Some of you remind me of the "anyone but Harvey" crowd and now look what you did to Jackson. Its a bad case of "anyone but Faye" going around. Purvis is weak and Smith is definitely a Melton friend. Smith doesn't even work in Jackson or Hinds County now. His office is in Madison County. Dam, you all need to take a deep breath and THINK. Vote for Faye, even if you have to hold your nose. She is twenty times better than the opposition. And, we all KNOW where she stands on Melton. The day is coming, and not too distant, when we will need Faye to protect us. The other two probably would not be able to do so.

Author
ChrisCavanaugh
Date
2007-07-30T10:26:16-06:00
ID
92479
Comment

Peterson certainly denied the Jimmy Jam accusations. Otherwise, I don't know what you mean, and it should be clear that it's not appropriate for anonymous posters (perhaps posting as someone else) to come on here and post unsubstantiated allegations. Otherwise, what Iron said. He's hitting on four cylinders these days. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-30T11:16:59-06:00
ID
92480
Comment

Folks, I just figured out who "Socrates" is — a formerly suspended troll. Please disregard his accusations, other than to note what depths people will stoop to.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-30T11:20:00-06:00
ID
92481
Comment

Wow, Donna, you would think that people who hated this site so much wouldn't spend so much time here. LOL

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-30T12:58:07-06:00
ID
92482
Comment

Funny now that works. I love the part where they start yelping that no one reads it anyway. ;-) Sadly, some folks just show up to scribble on the bathroom walls, and then scream that their, er, right to expression is being violated when we don't let them.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-30T13:05:44-06:00
ID
92483
Comment

Formerly suspended? Does that mean he is currently suspended, i.e. banned?

Author
Antiochus
Date
2007-07-30T21:54:48-06:00
ID
92484
Comment

Heads up, everyone: WAPT will hold a debate between the Hinds County DA race on their 6PM newcast on Tuesday evening. This will be fun to watch. If you're not near a TV during this time, you can hear it on WJNT-1180 AM.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-07-30T22:10:23-06:00
ID
92485
Comment

Let me rephrase state: WAPT will hold a debate between the Hinds County DA candidates.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-07-30T22:14:20-06:00
ID
92486
Comment

With respect to our good friends at WAPT, how can you hold a "debate" during an evening newscast!? Won't it amount to five minutes or so of quick sound bites? Are they extending the program through 7 at least? Scratching my head here.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-31T07:05:42-06:00
ID
92487
Comment

Donna, my guess is that they have a few specific questions they want to ask. Maybe they'll tell the viewers to check the JFP for more information. :-)

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-31T13:25:56-06:00
ID
92488
Comment

Where I come from, that's called an "interview." Not a debate. ;-) BTW, we heard a rumor that Carolyn Redd is going to work for WAPT. Anybody heard this? Unconfirmed.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-07-31T13:47:03-06:00
ID
92489
Comment

Haven't heard anything here.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-31T14:44:42-06:00
ID
92490
Comment

I like Mrs. Pruvis. She is probably the most cordial and respectful of the three candidate.. She spoke at my church... Just my opinion.

Author
indep
Date
2007-07-31T16:12:47-06:00
ID
92491
Comment

indep, what did she say?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-07-31T16:18:29-06:00
ID
92492
Comment

My impression was that the "debate" would last during the entire newscast, if not an hour. Carolyn Redd to WAPT? Damn, I wish I knew somebody who worked there who could tell me if it's true or not. Maybe she's seen the light with respect to her brother-in-law and wants out? Things that make you go hmmm...

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-07-31T18:40:39-06:00
ID
92493
Comment

Indep Do you like Frank Melton and what he is doing for the city? Then you should vote for either Purvis or Smith they are his people. Don't forget to vote for Tyrone who in his commercials show you the crime in the city, work for JPD and is doing nothing. Because Purvis spoke at your church does not make her an honest person. Faye speaks at many churches and it does not take just this occasion for her to visit churches; for she stands on God promises and he has given to her a quality of life that is meaningful and fulfilling. By her action we know that she will do what is right for the citizens she represents, and will not be persuaded to do wrong or sell out to Frank and the others because she owes them nothing. When you vote for Purvis or Smith, remember Frank is going to collect on his contributions to their campaign.

Author
BJM
Date
2007-07-31T19:29:16-06:00
ID
92494
Comment

GE: if she is, it hasn't been announced to the employees yet. Besides, what would she do?

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-07-31T20:10:56-06:00
ID
92495
Comment

BTW, Lakeside, I asked Peterson on the radio last Friday about many of your concerns and questions listed up above. Listen for her responses here.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-01T13:04:45-06:00

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