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Assistant DA speaks out on budget cuts

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email 

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones county assistant district attorney J. Ronald Parrish is not pleased with the legislature to say the least.

"They are all up there trumpeting their little horns and trying to make some kind of publicity for themselves," said Parrish.

He's one of several assistant district attorneys that could be sent home in May and June on furlough. Investigators would also get sent home. 

The legislature is working to give the governor power to cut state agencies by 10%.  District Attorney Tony Buckley calls that a mistake.

"They are making cuts in the wrong areas," said Buckley. "You can't make cuts when it's public safety and they are releasing violent and dangerous inmates."

Parrish agrees and said he can see the problems to come if assistant DAs and investigators are sent home.

"It doesn't matter how many people Sheriff Hodge and the chief of police down there arrest and put in jail if it's nobody to try them," said Parrish.

Parrish also said he's scheduled to go trial in May, and with the talk of furloughs he doesn't know what's going to happen.

"They don't want me to work all of May," Parrish said. "I can't try all these people when they cut out one twelfth of my work here."

Parrish said he has been told that assistant DAs will not even be allowed to work for free during that time. If that's true he said he's willing to break the rules.

"I'm not a rich man, but I can suffer through the five weeks or whatever with no pay," said Parrish. If they want to come up here and try to drag me out of here for prosecuting these people more power to them."

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