April 13, 2010 9:33:00 AM
The simple assault charges Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Ward Five Councilman Kabir Karriem filed against one another have been officially dropped, according to Lowndes County Justice Court officials.
On Thursday, both Smith and Karriem signed a joint statement forgiving each other for the April 1 fight, and they pledged to drop simple assault charges against each other. According to information provided by Lowndes County Justice Court, Judge Peggy Phillips signed off on an the agreement the two made.
Neither Smith or Karriem commented on the matter.
The charges stem from an April 1 confrontation between Smith and Karriem. Karriem reportedly confronted Smith at Smith''s office around 9:30 p.m. about the city''s plans to use a $2 million grant to restore the historic old Highway 82 bridge across the Tombigbee River into a pedestrian parkway.
A special City Council meeting concerning the bridge has been scheduled at 4 p.m. today at City Hall.
Michael commented at 4/13/2010 12:53:00 PM:
In the past, when a Columbus employee did something wrong they were either FINED or FIRED. But our Mayor and City Councilman are above the LAW so nothing will happen to them. THEY SHOULD RESIGN.
#$$$# commented at 4/13/2010 9:06:00 PM:
"the April 1 fight"
oh I get it!!! it was an April fools joke. I have to admitt they got us on that one ha ha.
business owner commented at 4/14/2010 11:33:00 AM:
To: Mr.Giger I checked out your website early this week and seems you are a honest and fair person, what is you opinion on fairness of city employees being fined or fired? As you know over the last few months what as happened with some of our city employees, the fireman fired for zero tolorance, still fresh on the city councils mind fines police officer for zero tolorance. I thought even the civil service board was dedicated to fairness for city workers, I wonder how they feel now about fairness. thanks
business owner commented at 4/14/2010 12:53:00 PM:
Mr. Geiger I think you said it best our city goverment must have two sets of rules on behavior, in this case I see what you mean. How can this happen with so many people watching . I guess this is just how it is and always will be , I'm just now seeing how it really is. thanks
walter commented at 4/14/2010 1:29:00 PM:
Mrs. Phillips has been a Justice Court judge for years. I know that she has tremendous integrity and is very familiar with the law. She is also a realist who definitely cares about the people of Columbus and Lowndes County. If she didn't know and feel in her heart that the action taken was in the best interest of the city, Mrs. Phillips wouldn't have signed the order!
It reflects admirably upon the city that cooler heads have prevailed and individuals who do not consider themselves "holier-than-thou" were able to recognize the incident for what it was and elected to move-on and to re-focus their attention to pushing the city and county onward and upwards. Naysayers will continue to naysay and they will nit-pick. They're in the minority and the majority of the citizens will leave such behind, just as the rest of us are trying desparately to leave the legacy of the past, behind, when blacks and whites were kept apart, based solely upon the color of their skins.
The judge has never signed a more significant doucument than the order dismissing the respective charges. I hope someone will have the foresight to preserve the document for exhibition in the area's museum...of Lowndes County and Columbus History. If no museum, it should be left with the Dispatch for safekeeping.
fred commented at 4/14/2010 1:45:00 PM:
Walter, It's time for your medication and nap! Please don't act up. Come along.
Justin Smith commented at 4/14/2010 2:20:00 PM:
A WAAAAY more appropriate place to keep this "document" would have to be Robert Smith's bathroom after it has been turned into little perforated squares. That way he can do to it the same as he's been doing to his constituents all this time.
This has nothing to do with the past but everything to do with the NOW, when a man is judged on the man. And this guy has been weighed, measured, and found wanting.
Tom commented at 4/14/2010 11:17:00 PM:
REMEMBER ALL OF THIS COME ELECTION DAY!
fred commented at 4/15/2010 12:08:00 PM:
walter can only remember yesterday!
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