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Supreme Court candidate: God belongs in government

By Staff
GREETINGS – Samac Richardson, left, a candidate for the Central District Position 2 seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, greets Jimmy Culpepper on Tuesday before the Meridian Civitan Club meeting. Richardson, a circuit court judge in Madison and Rankin counties, was the guest speaker for the meeting. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
October 6, 2004
Circuit Judge Samac Richardson says he is running for a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court based on his integrity and his record as a judge.
Richardson, who grew up in Philadelphia, is the senior circuit judge for District 20 which includes Rankin and Madison counties.
He spoke Tuesday to the Meridian Civitan Club as a guest of member Al Brown.
Richardson said the image of the state Supreme Court has been tarnished and that God should be in government.
Richardson said the oath of office a judge takes is a promise to work hard, do right, treat everyone equally and interpret the U.S. Constitution and the Mississippi Constitution to the best of his understanding.
He said God cannot be removed from our system of government, noting that God is mentioned in oaths of office, the Pledge of Allegiance and that the phrase "In God We Trust" appears on U.S. currency.
Richardson is a 1965 graduate of Philadelphia High School. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University in 1970, and graduated from the Jackson School of Law (now the Mississippi College School of Law) in 1975. He also is a 1993 graduate of the National Judicial College.
He and his wife, Libby, have been married 34 years. They live in Rankin County and have two children, Kim and Steve. He is a Gideon, and a member of Pinelake Baptist Church. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, York and Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies and Wahabi Shrine Temple.
Richardson is seeking the District 1, Position 2 post on the state Supreme Court. The election is Nov. 2. The other candidates in the race are incumbent Justice James Graves, Ceola James and William L. "Bill" Skinner.
Graves made an appearance in Meridian in August at a Democratic rally, and he is scheduled to make appearances in Meridian next week, including a visit to the Meridian Rotary Club on Monday.
Graves has served on the court since his appointment by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2001. He was a circuit court judge for 10 years before his Supreme Court appointment.
Graves is the only black justice on the nine-member court.
In Meridian, Graves pledged to continue to serve on the court with integrity.

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