The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 10/30/8

The race for the seat of Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Smith should be fairly obvious to most metro area voters: re-electing Smith.

Admittedly, a large chunk of those voters – citizens of Jackson/Hinds County – have a selfish interest in pulling the lever for Smith.

Since Smith, 65, assumed the chief justice post four years ago, he has been zealous about removing the backlog of criminal cases in the Hinds County justice system.

He ruffled some feathers in the courthouse two years ago when he declared: “The overall condition of the Hinds County criminal justice system is deplorable, unacceptable and in need of a major overhaul.”