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Judge Adams will soon retire from the bench, but his imprint on justice will remain. He has been a mentor and example to me. I have seen him struggle with the weight of decisions. He strives for perfection whenever he enters the courtroom. He is a guileless judge who seeks to do right without the ego necessity of being right. From him, I have learned to listen carefully, think deeply and decide courageously.
Judge Adams remained silent during the maelstrom of public scrutiny even when the press misunderstood the documents and misreported the proceedings. Judge Adams weathered it silently, believing he had done the right thing. In so doing, Judge Adams complied with another rule of judicial conduct: "A judge shall not make any public statement that might reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a matter pending or impending in any court. ."
My friend and colleague District Judge Brent Adams recently made a controversial decision in a criminal case. His decision was deeply disappointing to good people in our community. He was widely criticized and a national news/entertainment personality even called for his impeachment. As a result, the Second Judicial District Court received numerous telephone calls, letters New Balance 373 Burgundy And Green
Judge Adams could have resisted the temptation to do what he thought was right. It would have been easy. But Judge Adams is not a judge who yields to political or public expediencies. He re called the case and changed his decision, thus complying with an important rule of judicial conduct: "A judge shall not be swayed by public clamor or fear of criticism."
I have observed court users forgive mistakes of the judicial mind while appropriately condemning mistakes of the human heart. I do not know if Judge Adams made the right decision, but I respect his judicial process. Judge Adams made an initial New Balance 574 Grey Orange Blue decision that, upon reflection, he felt was wrong. He went to sleep with the memory of his decision and was haunted by New Balance 998 Grey And Navy
and emails from concerned citizens throughout the country.
Judge Adams did what he thought was right
it during his wakeful hours. He knew he would be criticized if he changed his decision. He knew his second, modifying decision would be unpopular.
As stated by the Mississippi Supreme Court: "We, who sit on the bench, strive to be fair and make well reasoned decisions; however, we will never attain a standard of perfection. Our wish is that errors would never occur. Our more realistic hope is that only a minimum number of errors will occur. . It is our duty to judge based upon the facts and law of each particular case that comes before us."
and no judge is immune from criticism. The judges of this community want to honor their sacred public trust, but we are also fallible humans.
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