Posts Tagged ‘circuit clerk’

Chickasaw County circuit clerk dies of cancer

HOUSTON — Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk Sandra Willis has died Willis, first elected in 1992, died Sunday after suffering from cancer. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Willis was a Houston school teacher before she was elected to the clerk’s office. The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors plans to appoint an interim circuit clerk […] [...]

Circuit clerks question how to get records to McDaniel’s trial

LAUREL — Attorneys for Chris McDaniel have issued subpoenas demanding election records from more than half of Mississippi’s counties for a lawsuit that seeks to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran. Some circuit clerks said yesterday that gathering records will require a great deal of work and expense. A McDaniel subpoena demands […] [...]

Court wants more info from McDaniel on voting records request

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is seeking more information about state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s request for voting records as he prepares a possible challenge of his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican primary runoff. Three justices yesterday asked McDaniel to tell them what laws address the disclosure of voters’ personal information. They’re […] [...]

Palmertree handed another demand; total surpasses $1M

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a civil demand for $229,880 from former Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree. That brings the total amount of demands issued against her to more than $1.04 million. Pickering said today in a news release that amount represents fees that Palmertree withdrew from the civil and […] [...]

New anti-abortion initiative uncertain as deadline nears

JACKSON — Organizers have little time left to push for a new Mississippi ballot initiative that would declare life begins at conception. Abortion opponents face a Wednesday deadline to submit petitions to put the proposed state constitutional amendment on the November 2015 ballot. It would be nearly identical to a ballot initiative that 58 percent […] [...]

Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ […] [...]

Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action […] [...]

Palmertree’s embezzlement trial set for March

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree is scheduled for trial March 24 on three counts of embezzlement. The Vicksburg Post reports that lawyers for Palmertree waived arraignment Monday. Palmertree is charged with inappropriately taking funds from her office’s civil and criminal accounts into her circuit clerk fee account. The circuit clerk collects […] [...]

Pickering petitioning for change to fee system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves. Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, the Republican Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide […] [...]

County circuit clerk gets her job back — again

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree was out of a job for about 35 minutes today. But her job was saved a second time by Judge Isadore Patrick. Patrick signed an order returning Ashley-Palmertree to her job from which the Warren County Board of Supervisors had removed her earlier in the day. The […] [...]

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