Posts Tagged ‘bench’

Officials want court to toss case involving alligators and ExxonMobil

WILKINSON COUNTY — State wildlife officials want the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corp. over an alleged alligator infestation. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the wildlife agency argues “because wild alligators are the property of the state, and not subject to private ownership, private landowners have […] [...]

Judge rules against Kmart in flood damage case

CORINTH — A federal judge has denied a request from Kmart Corporation to file a corrected report on testimony of its engineering expert in a lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled in December that changing the testimony would force both sides to incur more […] [...]

Retired circuit judge dies of illness at 73

by Associated Press Published: January 3,2014

Tags: bench, court, death, law, legal, Mike Smith, obituary

SUMMIT — Mike Smith of Summit, a retired circuit judge in south Mississippi, has died after a long illness. He was 73. The Administrative Office of Courts says Smith died Wednesday at Franklin County Hospital in Meadville. Services are 11 a.m. today at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb, with burial in Union Church cemetery in […] [...]

Alabama developer pleads guilty to wetlands violations

by Associated Press Published: December 18,2013

Tags: bench, court, crime, ecosystem, environment, justice, law, legal, plea, real estate, wetlands, William R. "Rusty" Miller

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer accused of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has pleaded guilty in federal court. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release, said William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., pleaded yesterday to the unpermitted filling of wetlands near Bay St. Louis, in violation […] [...]

Supreme Court refuses to hear drilling moratorium case

by Associated Press Published: December 16,2013

Tags: bench, BP, crude oil, energy, justice, law, legal, moratorium, Obama Administration, offshore drilling, oil spill, Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t decide if the Obama administration violated a judge’s order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The high court today refused to hear an appeal from offshore service companies that challenged the moratorium. A federal judge […] [...]

Judicial realignment means closure of historic courtroom

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Barack Obama. The courtroom is located on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown Meridian. […] [...]

Real estate developer to plead guilty to wetlands violation

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer set for trial on charges of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has notified court officials he plans to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Federal court records show William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., plans to accept a plea agreement on a charge […] [...]

Cities’ sewage rate dispute remanded to Chancery Court

by Associated Press Published: December 11,2013

Tags: bench, City of Hattiesburg, City of Petal, court, judicial, judiciary, justice, Keith Starrett, law, legal, remanded, sewage rate, wastewater

HATTIESBURG — A legal dispute over sewage treatment between the cities of Petal and Hattiesburg has been remanded back to Forrest County Chancery Court from U.S. District Court. The Hattiesburg American reports U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed the order after both Petal and Hattiesburg stipulated to the withdrawal of Petal’s claims made under federal […] [...]

Judge denies ex-mayor’s motion to vacate Katrina-related conviction

GULFPORT — A federal judge has denied a motion to throw out the conviction of a former south Mississippi mayor sentenced to probation in a Hurricane Katrina fraud case. Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr pleaded guilty to one count on Sept. 25, 2009, more than four years after the August 2005 storm devastated parts of […] [...]

Judge approves town’s annexation; mayor expects growth

by Associated Press Published: December 10,2013

Tags: annexation, Ben Logan, bench, court, judge, justice, law, legal, real estate, Talmadge Littlejohn, town of Sherman

SHERMAN — The town of Sherman has been given the go-ahead to double in geographic size. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn approved Sherman’s annexation plan yesterday after the third public hearing. The town of 650 people, with portions located in Pontotoc, Lee and Union counties, will add about 30 residents […] [...]

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