Harsh language in a Rankin county emergency court order blasting the Board of Supervisors, has suddenly been deleted in a modified court order.
I looked into the heart of the controversy...and found judges are demanding a new Chancery Courthouse. The first the emergency order was filed September 9th by two Chancery court judges who work in the building. It orders the Rankin supervisors to build a new Chancery courthouse. Why? The order reiterates security concerns outlined in another sealed court document.
The judges lash out at the Rankin county board for helping fund a conference center in Flowood. They called the action repugnant, saying their court and staff have been relegated to a dangerous structure and the general public is in harm's way.
Two days later a new modified order is issued by the court, removing the controversial language. The court states the comments have the appearance of criticism and that the court has no and (can have no) political agenda. They writ it was poorly drafted by the court.
The Judges call this an emergency situation, saying their facility is dangerous, has only a modicum of security, few features that comply with the Americans with Disabilities act and finally that building is a fire hazard.
Judges Dan Fairly and John Grant are demanding a new facility by March of 2016.