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Judge Webster: No Jail for Melton

Judge Joe Webster just dimissed probation violation charges against Mayor Frank Melton. The order reads in part:

This court, having reviewed both the affidavit and report executed by Frank E. Melton's probation officer and having considered the same finds that to the extent there may have been a technical violation, if any, of the terms of probation, the court finds that no further action by the court is warranted and that the time Melton was incarcerated in connection with the same is more than sufficient for the technical violation, if any, as set forth in the warrant, affidavit and report. It is therefore ordered and adjudged that the probation violations against Frank E. Melton, are hereby forever and finally dismissed with prejudice."

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126584
Comment

Well maybe this Judge is biased in favor of Melton lol.

Author
snowjob
Date
2007-03-14T10:26:09-06:00
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126585
Comment

Knew it. No justice for the wealthy. If I would have committed these actions, I would be in jail. Jackson will have to live with her choice. Good luck.

Author
Lady Havoc
Date
2007-03-14T10:28:21-06:00
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126586
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And if this judge is biased in favor of Melton, then that poor lady that owns the house on Ridgeway will not see any justice. I don't see any humor in that at all.

Author
Lady Havoc
Date
2007-03-14T10:36:28-06:00
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126587
Comment

The funny thing in all this is that it is just so messed up, on all sides. I mean first you have this crazy gun toting mayor & then his nutso actions & then the rush to indict him before happy hour & then you have a Judge removing documents from the court file, then the SC letting him out of jail with no opinion & now this. I mean whats next? Where I agree that that it is the city that suffers in this real life "days of our life," everyones to blame.

Author
snowjob
Date
2007-03-14T10:42:48-06:00
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126588
Comment

I ain't to blame Shaun! It a bunch of other fools who are to blame. It was said many moons ago that the "fix is in." This just bolsters that argument. Glad to know this judge supports the enabling of criminals. As long as Melton is able to skirt the law, then his "children" will only continue to do the same. Remember this the next time a friend is mugged at Maywood Mart Meltonites. If you don't think the "thugs" see all of this and uses it to embolden themselves, then you are bigger fools than you were on election day 2 years ago.

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-03-14T10:50:01-06:00
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126589
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Guess we can expect Melton back in a short while now! It's only a matter of time before he really hurts someone.

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-03-14T10:55:12-06:00
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126590
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So blatant disregard of probation rules is "technical" and an overnight stay at the graybar hotel is enough to satisfy the technicality. Not a single criminal in Jackson, MS who violates the terms of their probation is going to think they should spend more than one night in jail to teach them a lesson. Can't you just see it now? Some brilliant (not) lawyer is going to use this case to set precedent.

Author
The Conductor
Date
2007-03-14T11:21:50-06:00
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126591
Comment

Well, I knew it would probably happen. Randy and I called it. Judge Green still did a wonderful job in my opinion. I'm out for the week, but may tune in just keep all things fair toward our good judge of Hinds County.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-03-14T11:25:21-06:00
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126592
Comment

Wow. Ok... I thought more highly of Webster. I guess there is a reason the Sup.Ct. appointed him. Apparently they know something I don't. Jackson is burning.

Author
LawClerk
Date
2007-03-14T11:42:51-06:00
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126593
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I imagine this is a hard call for a judge after seeing how Judge Green was treated, and I'm sure judge Webster didn't want to face the Supremes on the revocation matter before hearing the other cases.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-03-14T11:52:27-06:00
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126594
Comment

Besides, I guess, if we want Frank free and around for his pending trials, it's better to leave him at home or work. An arrest warrant will likely make him sick.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-03-14T11:57:05-06:00
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126595
Comment

Good one, Ray. For the lawyers, what's the difference between a "technical violation" and a violation? Either there is a violation or not, correct? And I don't understand the "if any" part...sort of like "might be" pregant? My hope in all of this was restored by Judge Green's filing and I can't wait to see how the MSSC rules. I hope both the Magnolia Bar Association and the Commission on Judicial Performance are watching all of this. I just can't help but feel that we are all part of a play that has a predetermined cast of characters all playing their part for a predetermined outcome, and the final act is the April trial and not guilty verdict.

Author
JenniferGriffin
Date
2007-03-14T14:00:25-06:00
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126596
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Would a technical violation be like a technical pregnancy?

Author
Brent Cox
Date
2007-03-14T14:07:08-06:00
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126597
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Oops. I posted before updating the page, Jennifer. But we're thinking alike. What is a "technical" violation in this case? It seems either there was a violation or there wasn't.

Author
Brent Cox
Date
2007-03-14T14:08:53-06:00

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