FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JACKSON, Miss - The three Jackson, Mississippi residents challenging H.B. 1020 in state court are deeply disappointed by Judge Thomas’s ruling and are prepared to take their fight to the Mississippi Supreme Court. They will file their Notice of Appeal tomorrow morning, and on appeal will argue that the plain language of the Mississippi Constitution demands that circuit court judges be elected and does not permit the four judicial appointments to the Hinds County Circuit Court required by H.B. 1020. The plaintiffs also will challenge other rulings made in the chancery court, including Judge Thomas’s determination that Chief Justice Michael Randolph is entitled to judicial immunity and cannot be sued in Mississippi state court.