By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Alcorn County Justice Center was filled with family and friends of April Bostick Wood as she was sworn in Thursday as an assistant district attorney for Mississippi’s 1st District.
Judge James L. Roberts administered the oath of office to Wood during ceremonies conducted by Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen.
“April has been working with the DA’s office since January as a third-year law school intern and continued after graduation as a law clerk,” Bowen said. She passed the Mississippi bar in the summer and this week was admitted to the bar of the Mississippi Supreme Court, now joining Bowen and Assistant District Attorney Greg Meyer in the Corinth office.
Wood’s father, the Rev. Randy Bostick, gave remarks on behalf of the family, which included her mother Sharon Bostick, her husband Jeff Wood, grandparents the Rev. Roy and Helen Bostick, and siblings Ginger Williams and Reed Bostick.
Bostick’s remarks included an object lesson related to April’s high school softball glove. She was a left-hander who wanted to play second base, a position left-handers generally are not assigned. So strong was her determination that April got a right-hander’s glove and learned to play the position catching with her left hand and throwing with her right hand.
“All that’s needed to motivate her is to say ‘This is really hard,’ or ‘Not many people are capable,’ or ‘Not many people will try’,” her father said. “I know April is going to make a tremendous asset to the DA’s office.”
District Attorney Trent Kelly said when he hired April Wood his paramount concern was her character. In her he found someone who would “always do the right thing no matter what the consequences.”
Roberts, though he had little direct interaction with Wood, said what he had seen in her was impressive, describing her as mature, intelligent.
“You are cloaked with great power” in the role of assistant district attorney, Roberts said. “The law defines the prosecutor as an administrator of justice, and it is your job to search for the truth, not just convict someone.”