Mike Hurst, a former federal prosecutor and MJI’s only employee told his audience at the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday that he has taken up cases over the past year involving government intrusion in the workplace to religious liberty and government transparency.
“We’re just getting started, but I feel like we’re taking on some important issues,” Hurst said.
MJI is an outgrowth of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, which Hurst identified as a conservative think tank that has operated in the state for 23 years.
“The director, Forest Thigpen, realized that while he had the carrot, through his policy work within the Legislature, what he didn’t have was the stick, in other words, a litigation arm,” Hurst said. “So, he reached out to me about a year ago and we formed the Mississippi Justice Institute.”