November 2, 2010 11:03:00 AM
It is a shame that a very qualified and long-serving judge has to be drawn into the political arena having to be criticized and somewhat slandered. My wife and I have both been called for jury duty with Judge Kitchens presiding, he has always treated all those in his courtroom with the utmost respect, fairness, dignity, and compassion. I have known Judge Kitchens outside of the court as well, and he is the very same person there as well, having never used his position for personal gain or influence.
I have counseled with several young adults, both in jail and out on probation, who simply made a bad choice in life and had to stand before Judge Kitchens in his court. I have never had a single one to tell me they were not treated fairly with respect in sentencing for their wrongs, I have been told Judge Kitchens apologized to them and their family for having to do his duty in applying the law, which is what we elected him to do.
This election, unlike many other on the ballot, is the very epitome of " if it is not broke, don''t fix it." We have a good Judge in Jim Kitchens and we should reelect him. As for me and all my family, we will vote for Jim Kitchens, and urge you to do likewise.
bulldog99 commented at 11/2/2010 1:06:00 PM:
Mr Harris, you should go talk to Tyler Edmonds. Ask him if he was ever treated wrong? District 16 is very broke and were going to fix it. Im sorry I totally disagree with your comments and find them very inaccurate. I will not get the opportunity to vote, but my family and friends who reside in Sarkville will be voting for Mr. Starks.
stormy commented at 11/3/2010 12:29:00 AM:
Way to go Mr. Harris! I am right there with you and Judge Kitchens. Bulldog, I don't know what to say ... but it isn't sorry.
bulldog99 commented at 11/3/2010 9:43:00 AM:
The only thing I can say is I feel sorry for the Students, young adults, mothers, fathers and family members that have to go before this judge. District 16 residents who voted for Kitchens get everything they deserve. Im just glad I don't live in district 16 anymore.
plainjoe commented at 11/3/2010 10:43:00 AM:
@bulldog99, No one feels sorry for the residents of District 16. The court is in great hands with Judge Kitchens and he continues to put away criminals like the law allows him to do. Nothing against Mr. Starks, but Kitchens has proven to be tough on crime and that's what we, the residents, expect from him.
bulldog99 commented at 11/3/2010 11:44:00 AM:
@plainjoe, You are correct and the people have spoken in district 16. He will keep putting away people who break the law, just like the law allows him to. Maybe district 16 will prove different from every statistical study ever that says locking up low level offenders makes crime go down, takes drugs of the streets, and makes our communities safer. I really hope district 16 gets a drug court regardless of Kitchens/Starks in office because it a great place in Mississippi and DC are proven to work. Best of luck and although I disagree with Kitchens and his supporters, I would like to congratulate the people that worked hard for the Kitchens Campaign. They put up a strong and clean battle.
walter commented at 11/3/2010 12:00:00 PM:
Now that the election is over: I've said it once, I'll say it again: As far as Mississippi Circuit Court Judges are concerned, the people of Lowndes, Clay, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, and Choctaw have, today, two of the most capable judges on the bench that one can find anywhere in the state.
Unfortunately, as judges, they can only interpret and apply laws enacted by the legislature. When a more progressive and creative legislature is elected and produce more sensible and progressive laws, those two judges will be two of the first judges to follow the law. The truth of the matter, as I see it, is that one or both of them need to be serving in the legislature helping to write laws that deal with the reality that they've experienced as judges. If not serving, it is hoped that they will exert greater influence on laws that are drafted by the legislature. They're both very intelligent men. Time will show just how practical, wise and concerned they are, relative to our youths and the area's citizens ability to compete in an increasingly more competitive and diverse world.
I'm betting they will help facilitate real justice, regardless of the race, sex, age, religion, class and national origins of litigants. I'm hoping that they will recognize that the state is just another party and that it deserves no greater deference than other parties appearing before them. That, my friend, would be justice.
1. Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health NATIONAL COLUMNS