Barbour Appoints Black to Circuit Court Judgeship

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has appointed a black lawyer to a judgeship, the same person who earlier criticized the governor for his lack of diversity when it comes to judicial appointments.

Barbour has chosen Malcolm O. Harrison of Jackson to serve the unexpired term of former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter, who resigned following his conviction in a judicial bribery scheme.

Harrison is a past president of the Magnolia Bar Association. The group had urged Barbour to appoint a black attorney to succeed DeLaughter.

The association said Barbour had not picked a black to serve on the bench in any of his 20 appointments since he's been in office.


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  • by shaking my head Location: meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Whats up with this, "BLACK" in the headlines. You couldnt find a better word to use in the headline to describe the story. Some people just dont get it.
  • by Deborah Location: Enterprise on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    Appointments should be made by qualification, not the color of one's skin, There are good people in every skin color as well as bad.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    WTOK, WhAT IS WRONG WITH THE TITLE OF THIS STORY???? What do you mean "Appoints Black"? If Black is not the man's last name, I think you need to correct yourself. This title is very negative the way it is written; unless it is the person's last name.
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