Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey, of Calhoun City, describes himself as a “country bumpkin” who loves the law.
“The law’s been good to me,” Lackey said Monday. “I’ve made a decent living, been able to help a lot of people and a lot of people have helped me.”
On Monday, the Mississippi Bar announced in a newsletter that Lackey has been honored with the Judicial Excellence Award which will be awarded to him on July 19, during the Bar’s yearly luncheon in Destin, Fla.
Lackey learned of the award a few weeks ago, he said.
For more than six months, he wore a wire for the FBI and had his phone calls monitored while helping the government in its case against five men who were involved in a conspiracy to bribe Lackey with $40,000 for a favorable ruling in a lawsuit against trial attorney, Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.
But Lackey doesn’t like the term “hero.” He was just doing his job.
“I was just doing what my oath required me to do,” he said. “I haven’t done anything more than a 100 other judges would have done under the circumstances.”
Calhoun County Journal