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JUDGES SHOULD SAY WHY THEY DO THINGS

Judges should say why they do things. In Carney v. Carney, No. 2010-CT–00646–SCT (5/9/13), the Judge did a thorough analysis of the pertinent factors in making her decision but failed to state why she was making an award which heavily favored the wife. The Court stated that while Mississippi is not a community property state, and the Judge does not have to divide property equally (it is even true that a Judge could award 100% of the assets to one or the other), the Appellate Court must be able to tell why, so they can Judge the case on its merits.