Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Larry Parrish vs. D’Army Bailey: When Worlds Collide

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Larry Parrish is a former federal prosecutor who hauled porno stars into court in Memphis in the 1970s. D’Army Bailey is a judge in Circuit Court and a former college radical in Berkeley California in the 1970s.

Parrish played himself in a documentary film about the porno flick Deep Throat. Bailey played a judge in the 1999 made-in-Memphis movie The People v. Larry Flynt about the publisher of Hustler magazine.

Parrish is running against Bailey in the August 3rd election. Judging by an affidavit Parrish attached to a lawsuit filed in Circuit Court, the race should be a beauty.

The 11-page affidavit is attached to a routine plaintiff’s motion in a Circuit Court case in which Parrish is one of the attorneys. The affidavit, however, is already drawing attention in the legal community.

Among other things, Parrish states that he and Bailey have had “a friendly personal relationship since 1980, and, to my knowledge, there is mutual personal respect. Judge Bailey and I have social and judicial philosophies that are widely removed from one another.”

He criticizes Bailey for his role in the Larry Flynt movie and its promotion. “As part of my campaign,” Parrish says he will recount how as a prosecutor he received reports of Memphis pimps and young girls lured into prostitution. “I will point out in my campaign the dismay I have in that now an award-winning movie has been made glorifying Memphis pimps; Memphis and its citizens are shamed by this disgrace and should be ashamed.

“I will reiterate how disappointed I was in being told that in May 2006 Judge Bailey appeared in public (at a Memphis in May event) wearing a tee shirt on which the word ‘Mafia’ was printed and garbed in flashy jewelry typical of Memphis pimps, giving dignity and legitimacy to two of the more disgraceful and shameful disgraces this city must bear.”

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