The Wisdom of Solomon

The book of Proverbs imparts wisdom and insight that has stood the test of millenia.  If only Proverbs were read and applied, we might not be in this situation today.  Chapter 6 is particularly prescient in the current Singing River crisis.

Proverbs 6
New International Version (NIV)

Warnings Against Folly

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
    if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
you have been trapped by what you said,
    ensnared by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, to free yourself,
    since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—[a]
    and give your neighbor no rest!
Allow no sleep to your eyes,
    no slumber to your eyelids.
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
    like a bird from the snare of the fowler.


Why is the DOJ Interested in Steve Simpson?

Someone at the United States Dept. of Justice took to Google to dig up a little more information on SRHS pension plan trustee Steve Simpson.  We would like to know why.


Tuesday Musical Repose

Long Distance Dedication to Mississippi Laundry Services


Saturday Evening Post: Cumbest Tries to Stop Elections

Saturday Evening Post is a recurring feature on SRHS Watch.  This is where we take a walk down memory lane to look at the history of corruption in the state and along the Gulf Coast.

On December 10, 1981, Lum Cumbest petitioned this Court for a temporary injunction restraining and prohibiting the
On June 23, 1981, Mr. Cumbest and Dale Coleman were indicted by the grand jury of Jackson County for fraud in public office in cause number 11,033. Mr. Cumbest was the duly elected and acting supervisor of district number one, and Mr. Coleman was a county employee of that district. Mr. Cumbest was tried and convicted of this crime while in office in November, 1981. 

Following his conviction, the Honorable Arthur B. Clark, acting as special circuit court judge, rendered judgment on November 6, 1981, removing Mr. Cumbest from public office. Following a pre-sentence investigation the circuit court, on December 4, 1981, rendered judgment sentencing both defendants to serve four years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with three years suspended. Mr. Cumbest has duly perfected an appeal from this conviction to this Court, which is now pending. 

On December 8, 1981, the board of supervisors of Jackson County entered an order declaring a vacancy in the office of supervisors’ district number one, and appointed Gavin F. Hamilton to fill the vacancy until a successor was elected in the election designated in said order for January 5, 1982. On December 8, 1981, the board of supervisors, pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. 23-5-197 (1972), also entered an order, directed to the Election Commissioners, to hold an election on January 5, 1982, to fill the vacancy. Pursuant to this order the Election Commissioners gave public notice of the special election, as required by law. 

Following these developments Mr. Cumbest petitioned this Court to advance his appeal on our docket, and for a temporary injunction against the Jackson County Election Commissioners prohibiting the holding of the special election on January 5, 1982, or any other election for the remainder of his term pending the appeal of his case.


Read the entire opinion by the Mississippi Supreme Court here.


The House of Cards Will Tumble


Midweek Musical Repose: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss


Site Outages

SRHS Watch is experiencing the collateral damage of an attack on our host’s servers.  Our ISP hosts several sites related to political controversy.  In our case, we share a server with a site that details alleged war crimes by Russian forces in the Donbass region of Ukraine. This makes the server a ripe target for the very active Russian hacking squads.

Please bear with us as our ISP continues to battle these attacks.  If it becomes necessary we will move the site to a back-up server already in place.

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SRHS Cases Head Back to Supreme Court

Earl Denham and Harvey Barton have filed an appeal asking the Supreme Court to cite Judge Breland Hilburn for contempt.

They ask for the removal of Hilburn, Special Master Britt Singletary, Special Fiduciary Steve Simpson and several other lawyers.

Read the petition here.


Friday Musical Repose: Hilburn’s Hokey Pokey

Hilburn seems to be dancing to the same tune as he was back in Wilson v. Scruggs.

Improperly plead, properly plead. Not before the court, before the court.

Hearing is scheduled,hearing is cancelled. I will follow the court’s order, I won’t follow the court’s order, I will follow the court’s order. I won’t recuse, I will recuse, but I won’t recuse in some.

The thing that is shaken is the public perception of the judiciary.


Bizarre: Breland Hilburn Recuses in Denham & Barton Cases

Just one day after Breland Hilburn issued an order saying he will not hold a recusal hearing nor recuse, he reverses course and recuses in the Denham & Barton cases.

Attorney Harvey Barton says that he is not satisfied and will continue to seek Hilburn’s removal in all the cases.

We are awaiting an order from the court and will post details as they become available.