Over the wire or under the wig

Give Judge Mills credit for redefining the meaning of a bug in the system with his comments on judicial ethics and earwigging on internet blogs – and letting us know he reads at least one blog.

Mills said if he doesn’t read the comments on a certain blog, someone in his office is bound to print it out and leave a copy on his desk.

Now, that comment not only caught my eye, it put a bug in my ear that started scratching when I read the story Sop posted yesterday – a bug to understand who in his office would copy blog posts and comments and leave them on his desk and why.

I found the answer – or at least one answer – in the Oxford Eagle story about the event.

“I know if something is said about someone local, and if I don’t read it, my clerk will make sure I see it,” Mills said. “It’s going to get copied and put on a judge’s desk. And I think people know that and I believe some write comments to influence the judges.

I suppose lawyer-people know that; but I’m not a lawyer. What I do know, however, is that Judge Mills and Judge Biggers have their offices in the Court’s Oxford office – where “local” means Scruggs, Lackey, Tollison and a host of others with various connections to USA v Scruggs. Continue reading “Over the wire or under the wig”

Politics, Grass lawn and the Gulfport Library

My initial reaction yesterday upon hearing the news that the Gulfport City Council turned down funding to rebuild Grass lawn was anger and disgust. Deb, a member of my small business family and one of the founders of We the People, broke the news to me as she was in attendance at the meeting. The save the Library group lost a 4-3 vote to rescind the demolition order for the library. That vote was a disappointing outcome. The ladies worked very hard for that issue; one which they share a mutual passion.

Today we are greeted with both a news story on the Grasslawn vote and an editorial in the Sun Herald. I am most disturbed by the news story, which indicated the library group was used as pawns by a faction of the City Council opposed to all things Brent Warr to help scuttle rebuilding Grasslawn. Here are some excerpts from the story by Ryan LaFontaine:

A day after they surprisingly said “no thanks” to a $500,000 grant to rebuild a historic icon lost to Katrina, some City Council members were hinting at a do-over. Continue reading “Politics, Grass lawn and the Gulfport Library”