“A 20-month-old baby dead from blows to the head. Justice Oliver Diaz voted to overturn the conviction.”
Comcast has removed a special-interest group’s harsh attack ad from Mississippi airwaves, after a judicial conduct committee rejected its claim that Justice Oliver Diaz “voted for” killers and a child rapist in three different cases.
According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger report:
The truth is Diaz, who is seeking re-election, wasn’t on the court when one case was heard. In a second, he voted for a hearing on DNA testing, not against conviction. And in a third, he joined then-Chief Justice Ed Pittman in concluding that trial errors required a new trial.
Comcast is now pulling the commercial, which the Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention found violates the Code of Judicial Conduct.
The group sponsoring the ad-the Virginia-based Law Enforcement Alliance of America-did not return phone calls, the Clarion-Ledger said.
In a statement, the judicial committee, which is appointed by the state Supreme Court, said it “condemns these ads as they urge a biased rather than an impartial court system.”
Portions of the ad can be seen in a “Truth Test” report by television station WAPT, which also found the ad to be false.
In other Mississippi news, the race for chief justice in Mississippi has topped the $1 million mark in candidate fund-raising. With less than a week before the election, Chief Justice Jim Smith and his challenger, Jackson lawyer Jim Kitchens, have raised a combined total of $1.2 million, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.