US Attorney-Mike Hurst-Southern District discusses the strides MS is making fighting crime.



October 29, 2018


The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Mike Hurst-US Attorney, Southern District of Mississippi, U.S. Department of Justice.


President Neddie Winters, president of Mission Mississippi, called the meeting to order. Rob Salley of Sunnybrook Children’s Home, gave the opening prayer, Ted Jackson of Stephens Investment Banking, led the pledge of allegiance and Neddie led the Rotary 4-way test.  Jim Warren of Caroll, Warren and Parker, introduced and welcomed visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians.


The head table included Danny Williams of Woodridge Capital, Kenny Griffis of the Court of Appeals, Paul Bowers, Sergeant at Arms and People Lease, Ashby Foote of the Jackson City Council and Vector Money Management, who introduced Mike Hurst.


Kathy Hackshaw gave a reminder of the Rotafest being held at Hank Holman’s home.  Details are attached.


The Committee Spotlight this week highlighted the Christmas Children’s Party and the Christmas Charities committee, headed by Erica Reed and Primus Wheeler, respectively.  Both committees need volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering contact Erica Reed (601)500-1320 or Primus Wheeler at


David Michael Hurst Jr. is an American attorney who currently serves as the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Prior to assuming his current role, he was the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute and general counsel for the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Hurst Jr. previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi, as legislative director and counsel to Congressman Chip Pickering, and as counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee of the United States House Committee on the Judiciary. Hurst ran for Attorney General of Mississippi in 2015, but lost to the incumbent Democrat Jim Hood. Hurst is originally from Hickory, Mississippi, and is a graduate of East Central Community College in Decatur, and Millsaps College in Jackson, as well as The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.


Hurst opened his presentation quoting Robert Jackson, during the 2nd gathering of all US Attorneys held in 1940 by quoting “It would probably be within the range of that exaggeration permitted in Washington to say that assembled in this room is one of the most powerful peace-time forces known to our country”.   And he goes on to quote further by saying the role of a good prosecutor is as sensitiveness to fair play and sportsman is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen's safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility”.  Hurst defined the role of the US Attorney as a peacemaker and his goal is making peace in Mississippi.


Hurst outlined the mission of his office:

1.      Do Justice

2.      Serve Others

3.      Be Urgent


Hurst went on to discuss the priorities of the US Department of Justice:

1.       National Security

2.      Violent Crime

3.      Opioid Epidemic

4.      Immigration

5.      Public Corruption


Hurst gave individual examples of how the Department of Justice’s priorities align with the work his team is doing in Mississippi. 


The City of Jackson is ranked 7th in the U.S. for violent crime and they are using Project EJECT as a vehicle to improve conditions in the City of Jackson.  Project EJECT stands for Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together.  The Project EJECT task force, made up of local, state and federal agents and federal prosecutors, work directly with the Jackson Police Department to investigate federal crimes in Jackson and present such crimes for prosecution in federal courts. These Crimes can include: carjacking business robberies illegal gun possession dugs violent crimes in aid of racketeering Four components of Project EJECT: Prevention, Prosecution, Reentry & Rehabilitation Awareness.


Hurst gave recognition to the RCJ for the work done by the club and the service to the community. 


President Winters closed the meeting with Service Above Self.


Next week’s speaker will be Karen Mori Bonner-Dream Counselor