Posts Tagged ‘attorneys’

Hood hires ex-Attorney General Moore to handle BP oil spill claims

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood confirmed yesterday to The Associated Press that he has hired former Attorney General Mike Moore and others to handle the state’s claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Hood hired fellow Democrat Moore, plus former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson and […] [...]

Judge rules Scruggs must remain in jail

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will remain in a local jail during March 26 court proceedings on his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson has denied Scruggs’ […] [...]

Senators vote to restrict attorney general’s powers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate voted 32-17 yesterday to restrict Attorney General Jim Hood’s power to control the state’s legal business. The bill would write into law what share of a verdict could be earned by outside lawyers hired on contingency. It would also require that the attorney general appoint outside lawyers if he had […] [...]

GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is […] [...]

House passes bill limiting Hood’s power to hire attorneys

JACKSON — The Republican-led Mississippi House voted 59-55 yesterday to pass a bill limiting the powers of the Democratic attorney general. Proponents say agency heads need to be able to hire outside lawyers without Attorney General Jim Hood’s approval when they have conflicts with Hood. The bill would also require all outside legal contracts be […] [...]

House passes bill limiting Hood’s power to hire private attorneys

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans are moving forward with efforts to limit the attorney general’s power to hire private attorneys to file lawsuits for the state. Attorney General Jim Hood is the only Democrat remaining in statewide elected office, and he opposes their efforts. A bill that passed the House Judiciary A Committee yesterday says […] [...]

Lawyers appeal fraud verdict in asbestos lawsuit

HOUSTON, Texas — Two Mississippi plaintiffs lawyers, including a former state lawmaker, have appealed a verdict that they committed fraud during an asbestos lawsuit they filed in 2001. A federal jury in Mississippi decided in 2010 that the lawyers should pay Illinois Central Railroad Company $420,000 in damages. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

Bill to limit Hood’s power killed by procedural problem

JACKSON — A bill to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power died yesterday after it was found to violate parliamentary rules in the Mississippi House. But Hood isn’t in the clear yet. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he had no choice but to kill his own bill after experts found that it was written […] [...]

House to debate attorneys bill while Hood argues against pardons

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood may be busy today while House members debate a bill to limit his powers. The House bumped up its meeting time from the usual 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., when Hood is likely to be arguing against former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons at the state Supreme Court. The House […] [...]

Hood unhappy over snub by GOP-controlled House

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is steamed because a state House committee wouldn’t let him testify on a bill that would cut his authority. Under the bill, any state agency would be able to hire its own lawyer without Hood’s approval. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-10 today to approve the bill, setting it […] [...]

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