The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 5/14/8

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Charles “Chuck” Easley has qualified to run for two state Supreme Court seats from the state’s northern district – the one he has had since 2000 and the seat Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar of Senatobia was appointed to in 2007.

Since Easley can’t legally occupy both of those seats on the bench of the state’s highest court, why would a judge who wanted to be taken seriously resort to such a self-serving tactic – one that followed to its logical extreme could force the taxpayers to foot the bill for a special election?

Easley has told the press that he’s qualified to seek both judicial posts in order to make a statement “about special interest groups wanting appointed judges. Mississippians should always have the right to vote for their judges.”