Sid Salter: Judicial elections are inherently partisan

All due respect, it’s almost laughable that Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Ceola James is blaming U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson for her loss in a re-election bid on Nov. 8.

James, the incumbent appellate judge, lost that bid by more than 20,000 votes to challenger Latrice Westbrook — who defeated James 57 percent to 43 percent, or 86,525 to 65,145 votes.

How is that Thompson’s fault? James claims in a lawsuit she filed against the Democratic congressman and Westbrook that her challenger “willfully and unlawfully” formed an alliance with Thompson that led to Westbrook’s defeat of James in the election.

Clarion Ledger
12/4/16