Brown returns to Noxubee Co. politics; let’s hope lessons stuck

Recently, political operative Ike Brown told me a federal court order that kept him and others from running Democratic primary elections and runoffs in Noxubee County was no longer in effect.

Brown said he is back at the helm of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee.

It was vintage Ike Brown. He was basking in the glow that he was in charge.

In case anyone has forgotten, Brown was the central figure in the first case of its kind brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, accusing him and his associates in the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee of discriminating against white voters in a majority black county.

In 2007, U.S. District Judge Tom Lee found that Brown and his associates had violated the rights of whites under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Part of Lee’s remedy was to prohibit Brown and his associates from having any role in overseeing Democratic primaries and runoffs. Lee appointed former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson to oversee all Democratic primaries and runoffs through Nov. 20, 2011. A check of court records shows Lee signed an order that the remedies he imposed would officially end Dec. 31 of last year.

Clarion Ledger