Judge Sebe Dale's Charge to the Pearl River County Grand Jury (Poplarville Democrat, Nov. 5, 1959) Nov. 5, 1959, Judge Sebe Dale Delivers Strong Charge to Grand Jury without Mentioning Specific Cases
Gentlemen of the Jury: It has seemed well that my charge on this occasion should be written, and read as written, for a wise man of old said "that writing makes an exact man" and there are times when we should be careful, if not exact.
You are called upon to perform one of the most serious and important duties that is the part of a citizen to perform. Many of you have worn the uniform of the armed services, and before doing so you took a solemn oath. But I doubt that such duty in the armed forces was more sacred and more important than that which you are now called on to perform, and in registering to vote, thereby qualifying for jury duty, you took an oath that was just as solemn as was the oath upon entering the armed forces, for in each instance you closed with "and will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. So Help Me God." So it seems that you are no less soldiers today, guarding and protecting the welfare of your people, requiring much courage. May we truly understand and believe.
Section 1781, Mississippi Code, reads in part; "The judge shall charge the grand jury concerning its duties and expound the law to it as he shall deem proper; and he shall particularly give it in charge the statutes against gambling, bucket shops and the unlawful selling of intoxicating liquors, those relating to gambling minors, and the giving or selling them tobacco or liquors; those providing for assessment, collection and disbursement of the public revenues, state and county; those defining the duties of public officers; and especially those relating to collection and payment over fines and forfeitures those against