Posts Tagged ‘bench’

McDaniel to file formal challenge to loss to Cochran in primary

ELLISVILLE — A campaign spokesman said tea party-backed Chris McDaniel will file a lawsuit today to challenge his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. Spokesman Noel Fritsch said yesterday the circuit court lawsuit will be filed in McDaniel’s home of Jones County. Today is the deadline for such a challenge to be […] [...]

Lightning strike forces delay in abortion clinic hearing

JACKSON — Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers’ computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. A court clerk approved the extension […] [...]

Tobacco company to pay $750K for contraband trafficking

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky-based tobacco company that makes Golden Harvest, Millennium and Red Buck cigars will pay $750,000 in restitution and forfeitures after pleading guilty to conspiracy to engage in contraband cigarette trafficking. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sentenced Tantus Tobacco of Russell Springs, Kentucky, on Monday. The company will pay $200,000 to the […] [...]

Man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for African Craigslist scam

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors say James Lewis Johnson has been sentenced to 86 months in prison for his role in a Mississippi-based fraud that used stolen financial information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria. Johnson was among several people indicted in the case earlier this year. He […] [...]

Ex-Marine Resources chief of staff pleads guilty to misprision

GULFPORT — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources employee has pleaded guilty to misprision, or helping conceal a felony. Joe Ziegler entered his plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Federal prosecutors said Ziegler admitted helping conceal a mail fraud scheme by former MDMR Executive Director Bill Walker to divert money intended for […] [...]

Ex-attorney gets jail time for stealing from Veterans Affairs

PEARL — A former Mississippi attorney has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for the theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 45-year-old Jason Zebert of Pearl was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jr. In addition to prison […] [...]

PSC delays Kemper power plant hearing; Blanton files motion

JACKSON  — The Mississippi Public Service Commission today delayed hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. has spent prudently in building the $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant. Prudency hearings are a key step in the company collecting from its 186,000 ratepayers to pay for the plant, even though rates have already risen 18 percent. The […] [...]

Judge Gargiulo resigns for federal magistrate post

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Supreme Court says Judge John Gargiulo has resigned from the Second Circuit Court bench to become a federal magistrate for the Southern District of Mississippi. Spokeswoman Beverly Pettigrew Kraft says Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. appointed retired Harrison County Court Judge Michael Ward of Gulfport to fill the vacancy through […] [...]

State appeals campaign finance law ruling

OXFORD — The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The case will be argued Sept. 3 before the 5th […] [...]

Ex-judge disciplined, but not barred, by Supreme Court

SENATOBIA — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disciplined a former youth-court judge for misconduct but says it cannot constitutionally bar Leigh Ann Darby from holding a future judicial office. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance is charged with investigating allegations of misconduct by judges. By law, it recommends discipline to the Supreme Court, which has […] [...]

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