Posts Tagged ‘appeal’

Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his […] [...]

Ex-Delta housing authority leader’s conviction upheld

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Ann Jefferson was convicted in 2012 in federal […] [...]

Equifax takes tax dispute to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON  — Credit bureau Equifax Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal from an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. The appeal is a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove that it didn’t earn any taxable income in the state. The state Department of Revenue examined […] [...]

Fate of state’s only abortion clinic in federal court

NEW ORLEANS — The future of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic soon will be up to a federal appeals court. At issue today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a 2012 Mississippi law requiring any physician who does abortions at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. […] [...]

Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ […] [...]

Two men lose appeal of health care bribery, kickback charges

BATESVILLE — A federal appeals court has reinstated the convictions of two men involved in a case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled yesterday in cases against Ray Shoemaker and Lee Garner. The government alleges Shoemaker, a […] [...]

Court of Appeals upholds Madison’s rental ordinance

MADISON — The state Court of Appeals has denied property owner Mike Crook’s challenge to a city of Madison ordinance he argues was designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. City officials say Crook, a former Madison County chancery clerk and […] [...]

Court of Appeals to hear arguments in abortion clinic case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments April 28 in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close the state’s only abortion clinic. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notified attorneys of the date yesterday. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal lawsuit […] [...]

Court will not rehear Eaton-Frisby trade secrets case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined a request from Eaton Corp. to take another look at its appeal of trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. Last November, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld a Hinds County judge’s ruling that Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed […] [...]

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