Mississippi’s Elected Judges

The Mississippi Supreme Court appears to have transformed into a surrogate for big business, according to an editorial in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger argues. Over the last ½ years, the Mississippi Supreme Court has reversed approximately 88 percent of all jury verdicts decided in favor of plaintiffs. Incredibly, none have been reversed when the defendant prevailed.

Let me calculate for you the mathematical odds of this being by pure chance: zero. The author points to the obvious: the Mississippi Supreme Court has elected justices that are influenced by campaign donations from big business.

Let’s have a show of hands of lawyers in support of elected judges in Mississippi or anywhere? Personal injury lawyers? No hands. How about defense lawyers? No hands. Because everyone seems to know that elections and judges are toxic. Yet in Mississippi and throughout most of this country, we continue to elect judges.