Posts Tagged ‘bench’

Appeals panel rules against Pugh in bail bond lawsuit

JACKSON COUNTY — A federal appeals panel has upheld a ruling that Mississippi sheriffs are authorized to decide who will — or won’t — write bail bonds in their counties. The ruling came last week from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The ruling upheld a decision […] [...]

Hines becomes first black woman on Massachusetts Supreme Court

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s nominee to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was approved on Wednesday, making Geraldine Hines the first black woman to sit on the high court. The Governor’s Council voted 8-0 to approve appeals court judge Hines for a spot on the seven-member court. Patrick had nominated Hines for the post last […] [...]

McDaniel’s backers refile poll books lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit seeking voter records has been refiled in Mississippi’s southern district federal court. Texas group True the Vote and 22 Mississippi residents refiled their lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state Republican Party. The new version of the suit adds […] [...]

Gulfport wants to dismiss appeal in fight with Biloxi over annexation

GULFPORT and BILOXI — The fight between the cities of Gulfport and Biloxi over a contested piece of land along the Mississippi Highway 605 corridor may be a step closer toward resolution. Gulfport has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to dismiss its appeal of an earlier court ruling. The vacationing Supreme Court has not ruled […] [...]

Cruz backs runoff investigation; tea party group calls Cochran ‘scum’

WASHINGTON — In a fresh sign of Republican turmoil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all backed an investigation yesterday into the June 24 Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud they cited in the bitterly fought race. One day after Sen. Thad Cochran […] [...]

Oxford judge wants to send poll books lawsuit to Jackson

JACKSON — A federal judge in Oxford asked yesterday why he shouldn’t send a lawsuit about access to poll books to Jackson. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in an order filed yesterday, wrote that it appears the defendants and the witnesses in a case filed by 13 Mississippi residents and True the Vote, a […] [...]

Ex-judge accused of attempting to influence witness

JACKSON — A former Mississippi judge has been accused of witness tampering in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The federal information filed in June alleges former Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker “knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly influence a witness subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.” The document also alleges […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear arguments in cities’ annexation squabble

BILOXI and GULFPORT — An annexation case pitting Gulfport against Biloxi is headed to oral arguments July 22 before the Mississippi Supreme Court. Biloxi and Gulfport have been battling over the same territory since 2009, especially along the new Mississippi Highway 605 corridor. Harrison County has also opposed the annexation. The 2.5-square-mile area that Gulfport […] [...]

Wild horse roundup contract terminated following protests

PELAHATCHIE — Wild horse advocates dropped a lawsuit yesterday challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor accused by critics of allowing some mustangs to be sold for slaughter. The Fish and Wildlife Service notified J&S Associates of Mississippi on June 23 that its contract […] [...]

High Court declines to hear Equifax’s appeal of state tax ruling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said today that it won’t hear an appeal from credit bureau Equifax Inc. involving what it considered an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. The appeal was a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove that it didn’t earn any taxable income in the […] [...]

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