CL – Barbour should consider hard hit Miss. justice system when appointing DeLaughter’s replacement

Barbour’s 31-member advisory committee includes chairman Ed Brunini Jr. and 10 attorneys from each of the state’s Supreme Court Districts.

DeLaughter’s betrayal of the public trust is one that cuts particularly deep. The former judge had earned a stellar reputation as a man of great personal courage and integrity.

However, DeLaughter’s reputation – along with much of the public’s confidence in the judicial system – has taken a powerful hit. Barbour’s committee should take that fact into account during the search for DeLaughter’s replacement.

Hinds County needs a qualified circuit court judge named to the bench as soon as possible. But integrity and dignity should be high on the list of qualifications.