Jim W. Casey

84 Bethune Drive

Tupelo, MS 38801

(662) 844-4166

Dear editor,

We’re concerned, disappointed and very angry about the recent actions (Journal, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012) and penalties directed toward 4th District Judge Rickey Thompson. This outrageous judicial lynching is a result of the envy and demeaning racial attitudes and actions of certain Lee County law enforcement and judiciary officials. Yes, we know who you are. Their attitudes, beliefs and actions are still marred in the post civil war reconstruction years in Mississippi. They have carried these charades with complaints to the administrative and enforcement division of the State Supreme Court over and over. The Judge’s rulings and decision making, which are certainly in line with other district court judges in Mississippi, but, wait Judge Thompson is an Afro-American, who dares to be compassionate, innovative and fair in an atmosphere of racism, cronyism and envy. The Judge is of impeccable character, competent, compassionate and demonstrates a firm commitment to those core American values of fairness, equal opportunity, liberty and justice for all.

Judge Rickey Thompson decisions, recommendations and actions in his drug court have drawn positive and complimentary responses from numerous other counties. However, certain Lee County law enforcement and judiciary officers are consistently critical of the Judge’s endeavors. They have sought to destroy and undermine Judge Thompson’s credibility and character with their negative complaints and reports.

Associate Justice — Ann Larmar of the Mississippi Supreme Court states (Daily Journal 2/8/12) “Drug courts represent a new beginning. Sometimes participants in our courts have had their lives just spiral out of control. It has gotten to the point that they’ve lost all hope in the future or all hope of ever breaking the cycle of addiction, all hope of ever having a stable home life, a job and security like so many people have.” Again, we feel that the actions of certain law enforcement and judiciary officials are quite despicable and totally unacceptable and all information has not been forth coming for investigators.

So, don’t condemn him, commend him for his innovative and compassionate service. State court investigators, State representatives and the U.S. Department of Justice shall be informed of our concerns in this matter.

We shall continue to admire, respect and support Judge Rickey Thompson and his endeavors.

Jim W. Casey

84 Bethune Drive

Tupelo, MS 38801

(662) 844-4166

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