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Lawyers: BP lied and withheld information about oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP lied to the U.S. government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, attorneys told a judge today. But lawyers for the London-based oil giant denied those accusations and said there was no way to prepare for such […] [...]

Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from […] [...]

BP asks judge again to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — BP yesterday renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following its massive 2010 oil spill, citing a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former […] [...]

BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget […] [...]

Brown has supporters for federal court post

By Patsy Brumfield / The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal TUPELO — Mississippi’s likely next federal district jurist admits she’s been a judge only for the state’s High School Mock Trial Competition. People who know Debra Marie Brown say she’s plenty ready to don the black robe. Brown, 49, of Jackson, isn’t a judge yet — […] [...]

Son of John Stennis dies at 78 in Jackson

JACKSON — John Hampton Stennis, a lawyer and former state legislator who was the only son of the late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, died yesterday. He was 78. Kim Perrett, a spokeswoman for the Jones Walker law firm, confirmed Stennis died Thursday morning. Stennis was a partner in a law firm — Watkins Ludlam […] [...]

Ex-mayor’s lawyer petitions judge for more time in bribery trial

VICKSBURG — An attorney has asked federal judge to reschedule the bribery trial of former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield. The trial had been scheduled for Sept. 30, but was recently changed to Sept. 23. Winfield’s lawyer, Dennis Sweet, said in a court filing Monday that he has another engagement and wants the trial moved back […] [...]

Ole Miss launches new law/engineering program

OXFORD — Following a national trend to make higher education more “user-friendly,” the University of Mississippi schools of Engineering and Law have joined forces to create a new program that provides early admission to the latter. Through the accelerated law program, students in the general engineering pre-law program can be admitted into a fast-tracked Bachelor […] [...]

Judge sets deadline for oil spill claims administrator to respond to BP allegations

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents. In an order yesterday, […] [...]

Lawyer gets jail time for real estate fraud scheme

RIDGELAND — A Ridgeland lawyer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for fraud. The July 2011 indictment says Michael Earwood and a partner formed Kinwood Capital Group LLC, a real estate business that operated from 1998 to 2006. Prosecutors say Earwood asked the partner for money to pay taxes on Kinwood’s property, […] [...]

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