Judge Henry Lackey: Key judge in Scruggs’ fall looks back on career

OXFORD – Outside Mississippi’s 3rd Judicial District, Henry Lackey is best known as the judge whose integrity and intrepidness led to the downfall of famed trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs and several colleagues.

In his hometown of Calhoun City, they knew him first as one of their own.

“He’s sort of a fixture for our community,” said Hal Reese, an insurance agent who’s known Lackey since childhood. “I wish there were more like him.”

Lackey announced last month that he would not run for re-election as circuit judge. At age 75 and having just undergone treatment for a heart arrhythmia, he is considering retiring even before the end of the year.

Whenever he steps down, he will be remembered far and wide for his honesty, a trait he credits to his Calhoun City upbringing.

“My dad and my mother both were Christian people,” he said. “There wasn’t any question when we waked up on Sunday morning whether we were going to church or not. We just started getting ready.”

Daily Journal
1/20/10