Posts Tagged ‘attorney’

Lawyer: Let same-sex marriage start soon in Mississippi

JACKSON — An attorney is again asking a federal appeals court to let same-sex marriages start next week in Mississippi. Roberta Kaplan represents a gay-rights group and two lesbian couples challenging Mississippi’s legal definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled for the plaintiffs Nov. 25, […] [...]

Pre-trial hearing set for ex-BP exec

NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for one of the men facing criminal charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill are hashing out a variety of issues ahead of a March trial. The defendant is former BP executive David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the […] [...]

Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food

HATTIESBURG — The former kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in illegally diverting food for the jail for personal use. WDAM-TV reports Allen Haralson, 61, entered the plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. He remains free on bond. Sentencing was set for Feb. […] [...]

Late attorney Doar was trusted advocate for racial equality

JACKSON — U.S. Justice Department attorney John Doar earned respect among Mississippi civil-rights activists in the 1960s as a trusted advocate who was committed to the ideals of racial equality. Doar was 92 when he died of congestive heart failure Nov. 11 in New York. Activists in Mississippi, including Flonzie Brown-Wright of Jackson, believe it’s […] [...]

Ex-MDEQ leader Fisher joins Butler Snow

RIDGELAND — Trudy D. Fisher, the former executive director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, has joined the Butler Snow law firm. Donald Clark Jr., chairman of Butler Snow, says in a news release that Fisher will focus on environmental, energy, regulatory, and government relations matters, including permitting and compliance issues around air, water, […] [...]

BP appealing to have oil spill settlement administrator removed

NEW ORLEANS — BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice yesterday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. BP has long […] [...]

Former USM employee charged with stalking ex-colleagues

HATTIESBURG — Police at the University of Southern Mississippi say a former campus employee is charged with seven misdemeanor counts each of stalking and disturbing the peace. Investigators say 31-year-old Quandom Benn was arrested after turning himself in to university police yesterday. Capt. Rusty Keys says Benn was a computer technician on the Hattiesburg campus […] [...]

Barbier reaffirms ‘gross negligence’ ruling against BP for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP’s conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to “gross negligence.” It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier yesterday rejected BP’s call […] [...]

Judge mulls overturning of state’s same-sex marriage ban

JACKSON — A federal judge heard five hours of arguments yesterday about whether to overturn Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, and he pressed attorneys to say whether the state’s interests outweigh those of gay or lesbian couples who want the same legal rights as straight couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said that in addition […] [...]

Noted civil rights attorney Doar dies at 92

WASHINGTON — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who fought to protect voting rights in the South, has died at age 92. His son, Burke Doar, says Doar died today in New York of heart failure. Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960 to 1967, serving […] [...]

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