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Today: Vote in the Third Circuit Court judicial runoff in North Mississippi


Folks in the following counties have an important judicial election tomorrow:  Lafayette, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Marshall, Tippah, Union.  The candidates on the ballot are Kelly Luther and Shirley Byers.  I have previously posted about Shirley Byers’s prior experience as a judge.

I am supporting Kelly Luther.  He has 19 years experience as a prosecutor, all of it within this Third Circuit Court district, primarily in Tippah County, where he lives.  I have spoken to a full range of members of the legal profession; he has the respect of everyone who has directly dealt with him that I’ve spoken to.  Defense lawyer view him as a skilled but quite fair-minded prosecutor.  “Fair-minded” is critical here; there is always a danger in elevating a prosecutor to the bench that they retain the mind-set of an aggressive prosecutor.  Talking to the defense bar about Kelly Luther make me not much worry about that.  He worked before that in an excellent firm in Tupelo, Mitchell, Vogue, Beasley and Corban.

My reasons for opposing Shirley Byers are best explained by reading this post.

You vote at your usual polling place at the usual time.  With the exception of folks who are in the Oxford Separate School District but outside the city limits, I believe this will be the only thing on the ballot.

I have not been posting lately because personal life and work demands have occupied my time very close to completely.  More later during the week, probably leaning toward food-related posts.

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