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Mayor Simmons Weighs in on House Bill Regarding Reduction of Judges and District Attorneys

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GREENVILLE, Miss.–A reduction in the number of judges and district attorneys in the Delta will mean victims might not get the justice they deserve, said Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons, before the city council’s vote to oppose that Mississippi House bill Tuesday.

“All the way from Tunica, going through Washington County, going to Bolivar, Sunflower and LeFlore County, this bill is recommending we reduce seven judges to four judges,” explained Simmons, at the meeting.
The bill would also affect the number of DAs, which is already sparse.
“It’s reducing two district attorneys to one district attorney,” he said, noting they serve the same geographic area.
Simmons said he believes state lawmakers, who based the bill on redistricting, are considering population over caseload. He also pointed out the reductions would force elections and force the judges to concentrate on competing against one another for the positions, rather than concentrating on trying and adjudicating cases.