“The judiciary of our state is forever grateful to Judge Lackey for his dedication to fairness and exemplary behavior in the legal profession,” stated Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. “Judge Lackey’s professional response in promptly reporting severe lawyer misconduct exemplifies the principles of honesty that all judges must practice routinely, but which are seldom publicly reported.”
Lackey has been a central figure in the federal investigation into Dickie Scruggs, Zach Scruggs and others.
Lackey has said little publicly about the case. When asked his thoughts about the matter recently, he said, “I just did what so many judges do every day: fulfill their responsibility and their obligation. Public officials are just supposed to do what is right.”
Lackey has served as a circuit judge in the Third Circuit District of Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties for the past 15 years.