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Supreme Court Runoff: Brady brings courtroom
 background, desire for change
by Jebb Johnston
Nov 26, 2016 | 1274 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Brady touts a deep background in the courtroom as he vies for a state Supreme Court seat.

A shareholder in the Columbus office of Mitchell, McNutt & Sams, which also has a Corinth office, the 49-year-old is making his first run for elective office.

“I am an outsider to the political realm, but I’m running because I want to see Mississippi progress and its people prosper,” said Brady. “I’m running because we need conservative Christians on the court who will fairly apply the law to the facts and not try to legislate from the bench. I will not be an activist judge if I were elected.

“I’m also running because our constitution is under attack, and I will defend and stand by our constitution and will see that the constitutional rights we have are not eroded.”

He earned a political science degree at Mississippi State University and a law degree at Mississippi College. While in law school, he worked with the Jackson firm of McCoy Wilkins Stephens & Tipton in litigation defense for government entities such as police and fire departments, counties and their employees. He also did defense for businesses and individuals.

In 2000, he joined the Watkins & Eager firm in Jackson.

“I was hired to come in and help with defending product liability lawsuits,” said Brady, “mostly for automobile manufacturers and tire manufacturers. That was before tort reform and when there was a litigation explosion in Mississippi.”

In 2003, he joined Mitchell, McNutt & Sams, continuing the focus on defense, mostly representing small businesses and individuals.

He believes his extensive courtroom experience has prepared him well for the high court.

“I’ve tried cases in every state and federal court here in Mississippi, so I have that practical trial experience that I think members of the Supreme Court should have,” said Brady.

While vowing to ensure fair treatment for those before the court, Brady is also interested in more transparency within the court.

“There’s somewhat of a shroud of secrecy around the Supreme Court,” he said. “It’s not like [local] courts where people get to hear the ruling right away. They meet usually without the litigants there and certainly without the litigants being able to say anything or present evidence or explain themselves. It’s all done through the lawyers, through briefing … I think the members of the Supreme Court should be ever mindful that the decisions by the court affect the litigants.”

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