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Editor’s Note: John Dock was a regular opinion feature seen in the Cabot Star-Herald, Lonoke Democrat and Carlisle Independent in 1963 and 1964. Apparently locally written, “John Dock” was a pen name used by the writer, whose identity has not yet been determined.

April 24, 1964

Governor Barnett in Mississippi has done run into that there Supreme Court. They say he and his buddy don’t have no right to a trial by jury on their contempt of court charges.

Now I ain’t sure whether the Governor was doing the right thing in this school affair - that may or may not be - actual I sorta feel like he warn’t.

One thing I do know for sure though. They taught me in school that every American has the right to a trial by jury and to face his accusers!

There are folks what would say that Mr. Barnett was gittin’ jest what he deserved for meddlin’ with other folks rights. That may be too, but when the Supreme Court or the President or Congress or anybody for that matter starts fooling around with the basic rights of a trial by jury the whole dang country is skatin’ on thin ice.

The Supreme Court ain’t been too well thought of in recent years no way, but this last thing just about cooks their goose as far as I’m concerned. I’m getting dangnabbed tired of more and more power being took away from the people. When a small group of men think they can make the decisions better than juries around the country, as fer as I’m concerned they think too dog-goned much of theirselves for anybody’s good.

I think it’s about time for the people to start saying who’s gonna serve on the Supreme Court anyhow. Course Congress could do some thing about changing the way they are chosen, but they’re too busy spending money to worry about it.

Sincerely, John Dock

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